The 41st annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon will take place on October 7, 2018. Titan wanted to provide the following information to keep both spectators and runners safe and up-to-date on events surrounding the marathon.
More than 40,000 runners will be participating and running through the streets of Chicago. There are expected to be an estimated 1.7 million spectators. The course layout will be a bit different than years past, though both the starting and finish lines will remain at Grant Park. The course runs through 29 neighborhoods in Chicago and is approximately 26.2 miles in length. Extending north to Sheridan Road, west to Damen Avenue and south to 35th Street.
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 7, 2018. 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). The marathon has a course time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes. CPD will be enforcing road closures and ensuring the safety of participating runners.
Click here to view a map with the full list of road closures.
Spectators will not be allowed inside the course, but can be stationed in designated areas set forth by marathon officials/CPD.
Recommended spectator viewing areas:
- To view runners closest to the start of the race, go to Grand Avenue, between Columbus Drive and State Street, near Mile 1, or anywhere along State Street, between Grand Avenue and Jackson Boulevard.
- To view runners closest to the finish of the race, go to the Bank of America Cheer Zone at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road.
- After the race, spectators should plan to meet their runners at the runner reunite area in Butler Field, located north of Jackson Drive, between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive.
Private Security Partners
- Report suspicious packages and behavior, make sure staff know it is common for marathon runners to stash gear along the route
- Focus security cameras towards race and critical assets, ensure your DVR is recording and that staff are trained on gathering video.
- Please consider staffing camera control rooms even if not generally staffed on the weekend
- If you have uniformed security personnel, please place them in forward positions along the race route
- Minimize the number of false suspicious activity calls by notifying the police if you are using undercover personnel
- 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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