Chicago Marathon

Ali on the Run Show Episode 669: Everything You Need to Know About the Chicago Marathon

It’s almost time for the 45th running of the Chicago Marathon! The 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 8, and this episode is packed with all the information you need before you head to the start line. (And yes, you really should plan to get there two hours early. We’ll explain why!) The elite fields are stacked (Sisson! Hassan! Linden! Bates! Seidel! Scaroni! Schär!), and they’ll be followed by tens of thousands of runners en route to 26.2-mile glory. Get ready. Get psyched. And get that Goose Island at the finish!

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Chicago Marathon executive race director Carey Pinkowski talks about what to expect at this year’s race (2:20)
  • How to get in, how to watch, and how Chicago is committed to sustainability (28:20)
  • What to know about getting to the start and navigating the athlete village (35:35)
  • Chris Wehrman (“Coach Worm”) and Robyn LaLonde talk Chicago Marathon course strategy (48:45)
  • All about the finish line experience and tips for spectating (1:17:50)

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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