Since the first Chicago Marathon took place in 1977, the number of runners has increased from 4,200 to 45,000, but the race has always been one of the largest marathon road races in the world, making it an obvious member of the World Marathon Majors. The limit of 45,000 registered entrants is usually reached as early as 6 months before race day. The record-breaking number of runners is watched by 1.5 million spectators, making the streets of the Windy City crammed to capacity on Marathon Sunday.
The Chicago Marathon is one of the many city marathons that boasts a fast and flat course with no significant hills. The course starts in Grant Park by Lake Michigan. From here the route goes through the neighbourhoods of northern Chicago and all the way to the South side before it returns to Grant Park, taking the marathoners on a colourful journey through the many sides of Chicago. The crowds along the way are famed for turning up in large numbers and are extremely supportive. – Adventure Marathons
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