Chicago Marathon Postpones Race Registration

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has postponed race registration until March 19 to check its new system, organizers said.

Registration initially was scheduled to span March 5 through April 7, and registrants of a new lottery system were to be notified April 14. Race organizers said Tuesday the process was postponed to "finalize a routine yet comprehensive assessment of our new registration process."

“We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding as we aim to ensure a seamless registration experience for all who wish to register for the event."

Organizers said the guaranteed entry and lottery entry deadline of noon on April 7 remains unchanged.

After last year's registration snafu, the marathon announced in January a new process to sign up for the Oct. 12, 2014, race.

This time around all runners will be part of a lottery system unless they qualify for guaranteed entry. To qualify, runners must participate through an official Chicago Marathon charity, as an official international tour partner or as a "legacy finisher" who has finished the marathon five or more times in the past 10 years.

Men who have run a verifiable sub 3:15:00 marathon and women who have run a verifiable sub 3:45:00 marathon on or after January 1, 2012 also are guaranteed a spot in the race.

Everyone else who registers will be part of a lottery system. The race is capped at 45,000 runners.

Last year's registration was suspended after overwhelming demand crashed the site, and the remaining 15,000 bibs were doled out via lottery.

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