Registration for the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon closed in record time Monday as the maximum 45,000 participants signed up in six days for the 35th anniversary event.
Demand to run the race has increased significantly in recent years, closing 25 days faster than the previous record established last year. A decade ago, the 2003 event closed in 35 weeks.
"Enthusiasm to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is at an all-time high with record breaking interest, and we plan to match that level of enthusiasm by providing participants with a first-class race experience at the 35th anniversary event," said Tim Maloney, Bank of America Chicago and Illinois Market president.
Entry into the sold-out event can still be obtained, however, through the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Charity Program, which has generated more than $70 million for local, national and global causes since its inception in 2002. More than 90 affiliated nonprofits have available entries for the 2012 race. Visit chicagomarathon.com for charity program details and information on how to register by joining a charity team.
"What a way to begin the 35th anniversary," said Carey Pinkowski, Chicago Marathon executive race director. "This marks the start of an exciting journey for the participants, as well as for our partners in the community, the City of Chicago, our sponsors and our volunteers. Staging the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a team effort, and we're excited to work together to put on a stellar event on October 7 for everyone involved."