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CTA Celebrates Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Special Ventra Card

Transit passes will feature a unique design to honor the 40th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon

NOTE: NBC 5 will offer complete live coverage of the 2017 race beginning at 7 a.m. CT online and on TV. The race can be streamed live from around world on the NBC Chicago app, which will also offer a live stream of the finish line from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more. 

The Chicago Transit Authority is joining the 40th anniversary celebration of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with special-edition Ventra cards.

Beginning Tuesday, CTA will offer unique three-day, seven-day, and $20 value Ventra passes on its website to commemorate the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. All cards are reloadable and available to anyone using CTA trains and buses -- not just marathon racers.

The festive cards cost $5 in addition to the preloaded fare charge, but customers can receive that $5 back in transit value if the card is registered here or via the Ventra app within 90 days.

Shown above, the Ventra pass depicts a runner sprinting down Michigan Avenue with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon logo to the right of the image.

Cards can either be shipped to a U.S. address or picked up at one of two CTA will-call stations located at the O'Hare Blue Line terminal and Midway Orange Line terminal. Orders will be accepted until Sept. 22 for personal shipping and Oct. 3 for will-call pickup.

Marathon participants can also snag a keepsake Ventra pass Friday or Saturday before the race at the Abbott Health and Fitness Race Expo at McCormick Place. Dates and times for will-call can be found here.

As in years past, CTA will continue to sell disposable single-ride, one-day and three-day passes with the unique event design starting Thursday, Oct. 5 until race day on Sunday, Oct. 8.

For more information about the 2017 Chicago Marathon, check out our race-day guide here.

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