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2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon – October 8, 2017

The 40th anniversary of the iconic race, once called the “People’s race anyone can come and enjoy,” will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park.

Race Options and Fundraising Minimums:

Claim a Team JDRF Charity Race Entry – Most runners will choose one of these options

Post-Lottery Options and Minimums (Runners registered with JDRF after 11/29)

  • Full Marathon with Registration Fee – $2,000 (Guaranteed Entry JDRF pays $195 US / $210 International Registration Fee)
  • Full Marathon without Registration Fee – $1,500 (Guaranteed Entry Runner pays $195 US / $210 International Registration Fee)*

Secure your own Race Entry

  • Full Marathon Supporter – $500 (Runner has secured their own entry through Bank of America and would like to support JDRF by joining our team)

*Runners will pay the $195/ $210 registration fee to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon directly.

The fee is $40 for any option to join Team JDRF. This fee will cover administrative costs and will count toward your fundraising minimum.

For more information or questions, please contact Katrina Meckes of the JDRF Illinois Chapter at (312) 423-7196 or kmeckes@jdrf.org.

 

Join Team JDRF

Team JDRF to Cure Diabetes is a partnership: Runners commit to a fundraising minimum. In exchange, JDRF provides runners with support and coaching through Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) in the months leading up to as well as throughout the race weekend, so that runners can spend the weekend running, exploring, and enjoying the experience of a lifetime!

What is included:

Group Celebration
Get together with your fellow marathon runners and celebrate your accomplishments on and off the course! You and a guest will be invited to join us for a pre-race celebration on Saturday, October 7 from 2-4PM.

Marathon Training
For this race, Team JDRF is partnering with the local Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) for training. There will be a formal training program for runners in the Chicagoland area as well as a virtual training option for out of area runners. This is an optional training plan that we offer, not a requirement of Team JDRF.

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Race Gear
All runners will receive a Team JDRF to Cure Diabetes singlet and hat to wear on race day.

VIP Runner Access
We will help you take the stress out of race day. Enjoy Team JDRF private gear check and an area to reunite with your family after the race. You’ll have access to goodies, special access to private restrooms, etc. This experience will be close to the finish line. More details to come!

Community Support
All runners will be invited to a closed Team JDRF- Illinois Facebook page to share stories, encourage each other, and receive fundraising tips.

The knowledge that you've made a significant difference in the fight against diabetes.

 

Fundraising

1. Raise the Funds for Research

Team JDRF to Cure Diabetes is a partnership: Runners commit to raising a minimum dollar amount and in exchange, JDRF provides each runner with support and coaching in the months leading up to and throughout the Race weekend. Upon registering, you will be asked to commit to a minimum fundraising. Many participants are surprised at how easy it is to meet and surpass this goal. JDRF has created powerful online fundraising tools to make it easy for you to reach your goal. Your local JDRF chapter will help you throughout your process with materials, ideas, and support.

2. Age Requirements

Full marathon runners must be 16 years or older by race day. All runners under 18 years of age must have a signed parental/guardian consent form.

3. Complete the Team JDRF Registration Process

All runners must fully register on the Team JDRF website  and submit a non-refundable registration fee ($40). The registration fee must be paid during the registration process via credit card and will count towards your fundraising minimum.

4. Agree to the Contract and Financial Policies & Commitments

Upon completing your registration, you will be asked to commit to being responsible for the remaining balance of your fundraising minimum, should you not reach it. Please note that due to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon policy, entries are non-transferrable and per Team JDRF policy non-deferrable. We make a commitment to provide you with support for your race weekend and the training to get you prepared for it. It is important to the program that you are able to commit to reaching your fundraising minimum and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Please note that if you become injured or cannot run for any reason, a medical note from  your doctor is required to drop from the race. As a commitment to the mission of JDRF, injured runners will still be responsible for raising 50% of their fundraising minimum prior to Ocotber 8, 2017.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 6
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 7
Abbott Health & Fitness Expo; Packet pick-up
McCormick Place
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Team JDRF Celebration Party
Maggiano’s Little Italy
2 p.m. – 4p.m.

Sunday, October 8
Team JDRF VIP Gear Check
CARA Compound*
Palmer House Hilton
5:30 a.m.

Team Photo
Palmer House Hilton
CARA Compound*
6:30 a.m

*Team JDRF runners only before 10:00AM

Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Grant Park, Chicago

5:30 a.m. –General Gear check opens
5:30 a.m. – Start corrals open
7:20 a.m. – Wheelchair Start
7:22 a.m. – Handcycle Start
7:23 a.m. – Athletes with Disabilities Start
7:30 a.m. – Wave 1 Start
8 a.m. – Wave 2 Start

Team JDRF Post Race Party/ Family Reunite Location

CARA Compound
Palmer House Hilton
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

Times are subject to change.

 

Please visit the Chicago Marathon website for detailed information about the weekend schedule.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Team JDRF?

Team JDRF to Cure Diabetes is a unique and exciting way to fight diabetes. Participants choose run locations and their choice of distance (usually a half or a full marathon) to raise money for JDRF. Runners from around the country take on two challenges: raising the money needed to fund research for better treatments and a cure for diabetes, and reaching a personal training goal to prepare for a race experience.

For more information or questions, please contact Katrina Meckes of the Illinois Chapter at (312) 423-7196 or kmeckes@jdrf.org.

Team JDRF Bank of America Chicago Marathon - FAQ

Who can run?
Full marathon runners must be 16 years or older by race day. All runners under 18 years of age must have a signed parental/guardian consent form.

Is there a deadline for meeting my fundraising minimum?
Yes. We understand that this may be the most money you have ever attempted to raise and you may feel unsure about whether you will be able to do it. We have found that if you follow the recommended guidelines and use the materials provided, you will be more successful than you think! Contact your JDRF Chapter for detailed information on fundraising schedules and timelines developed to help you reach your goals.

Isn't it hard to meet the fundraising requirement?
Not according to many of our past participants. Once you start contacting people, you will be surprised how quickly the money (and the admiration) rolls in. JDRF has created powerful online fundraising tools to make it easier for you to reach your goal, and your local JDRF chapter can help you with materials, ideas, and support.

Are there different fundraising packages available?
Yes, as a runner, you'll commit to a fundraising minimum and in exchange, JDRF will provide you with support during the months leading up to as well as throughout the event. For this race, you have two options to secure your Bank of America Chicago Marathon entry: 1. Secure your own entry through the Bank of America Chicago Marathon – Details here.  or 2. (The most popular option) Use one our allotted JDRF Charity entries. You will commit to a certain minimum depending on whether you’d like to pay for the entry ($195 US or $210 International) or have JDRF pay for your entry. JDRF has created powerful online fundraising tools to make it easier for you to reach your goal, and your local JDRF chapter can help you with materials, ideas, and support.

Does the required registration fee count towards my fundraising?
Yes! The required registration fee will count toward your fundraising.

Does my fundraising minimum cover the cost of the marathon bib fee?
Yes, the marathon bib (entry) is free to registered runners who choose this option. There is an alternate option where runners can choose to pay for their own bib in exchange for a lower fundraising minimum.

Marathon Training
For this race, Team JDRF is partnering with the local Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) for training. There will be a formal training program for runners in the Chicagoland area as well as a virtual training option for out of area runners. This is an optional training plan that we offer, not a requirement of Team JDRF.

How much time do I have to commit to this?
How much time you train is completely up to you. JDRF, CARA, and your teammates can help you determine the best time commitment for your fitness level. If you are a novice, most coaches will recommend you begin training 16 weeks before a full marathon and 12 weeks before a half marathon.

For more information or questions, please contact Katrina Meckes of the Illinois Chapter at (312) 423-7196 or kmeckes@jdrf.org.

 

 

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