From Press Release.
Open registration for the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon officially closed Monday as 45,000 participants have signed up in record time to complete the 26.2-mile race. The capacity was met in 51 days, closing a full month ahead of 2009's record pace.
However, a limited number of entries remain available through affiliated charities and tour groups for the October 10 race. This is a great opportunity to run the marathon and give to a great cause. In a recession, or whatever this is, people are spending less and charities are hurting more, this is a way to help out and participate at the same time.
"The enthusiasm displayed for this race from runners around the world is one of the primary reasons we are so pleased to continue leading this 33-year tradition," said Bank of America Chicago and Illinois Market President Tim Maloney. "It is an honor to provide such a unique opportunity for the determined, passionate and driven individuals who register as well as setting a global stage upon which the color and vibrancy of this great city can be displayed."
More than 85 of the race's affiliated charities have entries remaining for participants still looking for a way into this year's field. By registering through a charity, runners simultaneously become members of a fund raising effort that annually generates $10 million for more than 120 charitable causes.
Click here to check out the charities that still have open spots.