With just 3 days left until the 40th Annual Chicago Marathon takes place, Titan wanted to provide the following information to keep both spectators and runners safe and up-to-date on events surrounding the marathon.
The 40th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon will take place on October 8, 2017. More than 40,000 runners will be participating and running through the streets of Chicago. The course layout will be the same as last year, with the both the starting and finish lines at Grant Park. The course runs through 29 neighborhoods in Chicago and is approximately 26.2 miles in length.
Starting Times for the Marathon are as follows:
- 7:20 a.m. – Wheelchair Start
- 7:21 a.m. – Handcycle Start
- 7:23 a.m. – Athletes with Disabilities Start
- 7:30 a.m. – Wave 1 Start
- 8:00 a.m. – Wave 2 Start
- 8:35 a.m. – Wave 3 Start
No parking zones go into effect at 1:00 am on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Be on the look-out for no parking zones in your neighborhood and areas through which the marathon runs through. Street closures will occur between 7:00 am and 3:30 pm on the day of the event. However, the roads that run through Grant Park are expected to be closed longer. The streets will re-open approximately 15 minutes after the last runner passes through (based off of a 15 minute per mile pace). CPD will be enforcing road closures and ensuring the safety of participating runners.
To view a map with the full list of road closures, click on the link below:
Spectators will not be allowed inside the course, but can be stationed in designated areas set forth by marathon officials/CPD.
- If you see something suspicious, report it
- Carry water and stay hydrated
- Choose a landmark to meet at in case you are separated from your group
- Utilize the buddy system
- Remain alert and be observant of surroundings
- Leave any valuables at home
- Do not jump any barricades
- Secure handbags and wallets
- Stay calm and pleasant
- Follow your own instincts
- Leave yourself room to move quickly
- If you see an unattended bag, alert police as quickly as possible
As always, if you “See Something, Say Something”. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. To report suspicious activity, call 855-RPRT-2-S4 (855-777-8274).
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