THIS IS IMPORTANT
IF you have not done this already, those headed to Chicago either have already missed the deadline or have until tomorrow to FAX their qualifying times to the race organizers. Please see below as this applies even to those who are not interested in being in the "Athlete Development Program." I had assumed that when I registered and put in my Boston Marathon time from last year as my "qualifier" that it meant something. It apparently did not - they have me listed as an "open" runner meaning I will start behind 12,500+ runners (everyone from Elites to Corral D will start before me). NOT conducive to running fast!!!
"Qualifying times must be submitted in the form of a race result certificate or race result page from a marathon or half marathon run no earlier than January 1, 2008 and no later than August 6, 2010.Proof of qualifying times must be faxed to 312.904.9808. Address your fax to: Bank of America Chicago Marathon Start Corrals. Start Corral qualifying times will not be accepted after Friday, August 13, 2010."
The entire page is pasted as follows....
Start CorralsThe lettered Start Corrals A, B, C and D are seeded placement of the fastest 12,000 participants based on their recent marathon and half marathon finish times. The Open Corral or Open Start is self-seeded placement of participants by expected net finish time. Net finish time for the Open Start participants ranges from 3:00 – 6:30 hours.
Qualifying times for Seeded Start Corrals:
How to Qualify for a Seeded Start CorralSeeded Start Corrals A, B, C and D are secure start areas designed to offer a quicker and smoother start for all qualified runners. Assignment to Seeded Start Corrals is based on a submitted qualifying time run in a recent marathon or half marathon, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Assignment to a Seeded Start Corral is not guaranteed and must be confirmed by the participant.
Qualifying times must be submitted in the form of a race result certificate or race result page from a marathon or half marathon run no earlier than January 1, 2008 and no later than August 6, 2010.
Proof of qualifying times must be faxed to 312.904.9808. Address your fax to: Bank of America Chicago Marathon Start Corrals. Start Corral qualifying times will not be accepted after Friday, August 13, 2010.
Upon faxing your qualifying time, please confirm receipt by checking the online registration confirmation page and verifying your Start Corral assignment. Please allow one to two business days for Start Corral assignments to be processed. E-mail messages or Web site links will not be accepted as proof of qualifying.
Note: Finishers of the 2008 and/or 2009 Chicago Marathon who achieved a qualifying standard for a Seeded Start Corral at one of those events do not need to submit proof of performance, but must review the online registration confirmation page to confirm their Start Corral assignment.
If you have questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Or click here for Frequently Asked Questions about Start Corrals.
Start Corral ASecure starting area set directly behind the Elite Development Corral for all qualified participants. Qualifications for Start Corral A for 2010 are as follows:
- Half Marathon time: <1:25:59
- Full Marathon time: <3:10:59
- Expected capacity: 1,500
- Avg. time to cross Start: 0:42 (seconds)
- Half Marathon time: <1:35:59
- Full Marathon time: <3:35:59
- Expected capacity: 3,000
- Avg. time to cross Start: 1:58 (minutes)
- Half Marathon time: <1:45:59
- Full Marathon time: <3:55:59
- Expected capacity: 4,000
- Avg. time to cross Start: 4:11 (minutes)
- Half Marathon time: <1:50:59
- Full Marathon time: <4:00:59
- Expected capacity: 4,000
- Avg. time to cross Start: 6:31 (minutes)