Chicago Marathon 2022

The Eyes will be in Chicago on Sunday, 9 October, as the Chicago Marathon 2022 is set to hit the streets. The best marathon runners in the world and the defending champions of the men’s and women’s races will compete in Chicago, starting and ending at Grant Park.

Here you will know the start time, course map, prize money, and watching guide.

🏃 Event: Chicago Marathon 2022

🗓 Date: Sunday, 9 Oct. 2022

🕗 Start Time: Wave 1 – 7:30 am CT

🏁 Start and End: Grant Park, Chicago

Chicago Marathon 2022 Start Times

All times in CT (GMT-5)

  • Men’s Wheelchair – 7:20 am
  • Women’s Wheelchair – 7:21 am
  • Handcycle Race: 7:23 am
  • Wave 1 – 7:30 am
  • Wave 2 – 8:00 am
  • Wave 3 – 8:30 am

Course Map

The course of the Chicago Marathon 2022 will start and end at Grant Park. The first 13 miles will run north near Wrigley Field. Then, it will return near Grant Park and turn to West Chicago until it reaches 18 miles.

Chicago Marathon Course Map
Courtesy: Chicago Marathon

The course will pass the United Center and turn south. After that, it will pass the Guaranteed Rate Field before returning north and reaching Grant Park by Soldier Field.

How to Watch the Chicago Marathon 2022 Online and on TV

The Chicago Marathon 2022 will be available live on several local stations. Fans can tune in to NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago to watch the event live on TV.

The live streaming of the Chicago Marathon will be available on NBCChicago.com and NBC 5 app.

You can also stream the marathon live on Peacock beginning at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday. If you need a VPN, the VPN we use at letsrun.com is NordVPN – try it for just $4.99, and it comes with a free 30-day guarantee.

International viewers can watch the Chicago Marathon 2022 via various global broadcast partners, including the Olympic Channel, Eurosport, ESPN Latin America, Sky New Zealand, SuperSport, New Zealand, Astro Malaysia, and SMG China.

Preview

The Chicago Marathon is one of the most exciting events on the calendar. It attracts the best marathon runners from all around the world, and this year is no exception.

The defending women’s champion Ruth Chepngetich will return to the field for another title. The Kenyan star is the 2019 World Champion. She has her personal best of 2:17:08 set in the Dubai Marathon 2019. Eyes will be on two other Kenyans – Celestine Chepchirchir and Vivian Kiplagat. Emily Sisson will lead a strong field of U.S. athletes. She broke the American half-marathon record last May.

Moreover, the men’s defending champion Seifu Tura will also be on the field. The 25-year-old Ethiopian touched the finishing line in 2:06:12 in his victory last year. He has a personal best of 2:04:29 and will take a shot to break that in Chicago today.

However, the fastest man on paper on the field will be Herpasa Negasa with 2:03:40, set in Dubai in 2019.

Among the Americans, eyes will be on Matt McDonald. He set his personal best of 2:11:10 in Chicago in 2019. Jerrell Mock will also compete for the title, who finished 2 seconds behind McDonald’s that year.

Prize Money

Last year, the women’s and men’s champions won $100,000 each. The winner’s prize money is down to $75,000 this year.

The wheelchair men’s and women’s winners will earn prize money of $25,000 each. A $75,000 bonus prize will be paid to the runners who set up the course record.

Street Closures

  • Michigan Avenue from Madison to 9th Street will close at 4 a.m. and open on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 9 a.m.
  • Roosevelt Road from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive will close at 4 a.m. and open Sunday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m.
  • Columbus Drive from McFetridge Drive to Roosevelt Road will close at 4 a.m. and open on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m.
  • Michigan Avenue from 9th Street to Roosevelt Road at 5:30 a.m. and open on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 4 p.m.

The following streets will be closed to traffic between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Oct. 8:

  • Ida B. Wells St, between Columbus Dr. and Congress Plaza Dr.
  • Congress Plaza Dr., between Harrison St. and Van Buren St.
  • Harrison St., between Michigan Ave. and Franklin St.
  • Franklin St., between Harrison St. and Van Buren St.
  • Van Buren St., between Franklin St. and Wacker Dr.
  • Wacker Dr., between Van Buren St. and Dearborn St.
  • Jackson Blvd., between Wacker Dr. and Clark St.

FAQ

Can I watch from the starting line?

No. Only registered runners can watch at the start or finish line. Spectators are allowed in Grant Park beginning at 9:30 a.m.

How can I track a particular runner?

The Chicago Marathon app will provide runner tracking, elite athlete profiles, live streaming, weather, and an interactive course map. Download it here from Apple’s App Store or here via Google Play.

Where and when does the race end?

The finish line is at the south end of Grant Park. Elite runners are expected to cross first at about 9:30 a.m. All runners must finish within six and a half hours, which is about a 15-minute mile pace.

What’s the weather forecast for Sunday?

Mostly sunny, mild, and dry, with a 5% chance of rain.

When do I have to move my parked car from the course?

Any cars parked along the course will be towed starting at 1 a.m. Sunday.

When will streets along the course close?

Streets along the course will be closed starting at 7 a.m. Sunday.

When will the streets reopen?

Streets will reopen from 10 a.m. (near mile markers 1 and 2) to 6 p.m.

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