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Chicago marathon registration opens 2/19 at 12pm CST (Read 367 times)

    $175/$200 for non-US runners

    cap of 45,000

      I am wondering what the price point is at which people say, "it's not worth it."  Given that the race fee is one of the smaller expenses for folks traveling to races, I'd think it's quite high.

      Short term goal: 17:59 5K

      Mid term goal:  2:54:59 marathon

      Long term goal: To say I've been a runner half my life.  (I started running at age 45).

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        They have not made it to the breakover point yet in price.  Each year the price has gone up over the last several years and the sellout rate has increased dramatically.

          They have not made it to the breakover point yet in price.  Each year the price has gone up over the last several years and the sellout rate has increased dramatically.

           

          I don’t know if the Chicago demographic is all that different than New York, but NYC doesn’t have a problem turning them down at $255 a pop (or more than $300 internationally) 


          Bad Ass

            I am looking forward to registration but yeah, the price is a bit higher than last year.  Still, I cannot wait for the FE.

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              They have not made it to the breakover point yet in price.  Each year the price has gone up over the last several years and the sellout rate has increased dramatically.

               

              How fast did it sell out last year, Doug?


              Anomalous

                I considered running this as my first, but the price and the size was a bit intimidating. If it's in the universe, it'll be one for the future Wink

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                  I am wondering what the price point is at which people say, "it's not worth it."  Given that the race fee is one of the smaller expenses for folks traveling to races, I'd think it's quite high.

                   

                  That's a good point.  When I consider the $600 in plane tickets and the $600 in hotel costs (want to stay near the start line, comfortable bed, etc. and so forth) that I've spent to go to New Orleans in February, not to mention what I will spend on food (and oh, do I intend to enjoy the local food scene.  Om nom nom), the race fee isn't that big a deal.  

                   

                  Granted, we only paid $140 total for both my husband and I to run that one.  More than double that, and it does start to be a pretty significant chunk of the trip expenses.

                  My wildly inconsistent PRs:

                  5k: 24:36 (10/20/12)  

                  10k: 52:01 (4/28/12)  

                  HM: 1:50:09 (10/27/12)

                  Marathon: 4:19:11 (10/2/2011) 

                    Wow, that's too rich for me.  I ran Chicago 3 times (2000-2002) when it was about half the price and about 10,000 fewer people.  It was fun, actually an awesome experience, but I can't see paying that much for a race. 

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                      Thanks, I marked my calendar.
                        Year Closed Capacity
                        2004 August 16 40,000
                        2005 July 15 40,000
                        2006 May 26 40,000
                        2007 April 18 45,000
                        2008 April 23 45,000
                        2009 April 23 45,000
                        2010 March 23 45,000
                        2011 March 3 45,000
                        2012 February 6 45,000

                         

                        In past years, registration opened on 2/1, so last year closed in 5 days.

                         

                        The relatively quiet Chicago user group is here.

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                          Is this for the Rock n Roll Chicago Marathon?  My boyfriend and I were planning on running the half.

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                          Bad Ass

                            Is this for the Rock n Roll Chicago Marathon?  My boyfriend and I were planning on running the half.

                             

                            It is not the RnR.  It's the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

                            Damaris, Marathon Maniac, Ultra Runner

                            Next:  RnR Country Music Half Marathon

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                              Rock n roll only does a half in chicago. no full.

                               

                              Supersono99


                                Wow, that's expensive. 

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