Travel and Lodging
If you haven’t made your travel arrangements, book them as soon as possible. Use the Bank of America Chicago Marathon website and click the “Participant Information” tab in the top left, then click “Hotels, Travel and Parking.” If you have made all your travel and hotel reservations, confirm them now.
Start making a list of the things you will need to pack, such as specialized food products you may not have time to purchase in Chicago. Make a pile of potential throw-away clothes for the start of the race. The weather in Chicago at this time of year can really vary, so be sure to check the forecast before you travel so you are prepared and comfortable on race day.
If you need to replace your running shoes, make sure you do so ASAP! (Read coach’s tip last week on running shoes). Wear your shoes on the plane or stow them in your carry-on. You don’t want to risk losing your shoes in lost luggage.
Sightseeing in Chicago
Chicago has many historical sites to see, but save them for after the marathon. Factor flight times into your plans and make sure you are well rested for your race. After your race, there are many ways to celebrate Chicago style! Take a look at a few highly recommended Chicago experiences here.