Registration for the 36th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon opened today.
Last year it only took a record breaking six days to fill the 45,000 spots.
The event is scheduled for October 13, starting and finishing in Chicago’s Grant Park.
Will Bridge manages Universal Sole, a local runner’s specialty shop.
He says the popularity of the Chicago marathon is pushing first time runners to commit early.
“Every year we see people that are spectators that get excited and think ‘I’m going to do that next year’,” Bridge said. “In years past they didn’t really have to face that issue until June... now you’re forced in February.”
Bridge says he’s betting registration will close out within a couple of days this year.
People registering today experienced problems on the website. The organizers of the marathon released this statement:
“Some people have been experiencing error messages in the process of registering for the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. We are working with our registration partners at Active.com to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”
Registration for U.S. participants costs $175, and $200 for those outside of the U.S.
For more information, or to register, visit chicagomarathon.com.