2012 Chicago Marathon By The Numbers

Get all the number facts about the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

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35: Years the Chicago Marathon has raced through the Windy City. The race started in 1977.
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4,200: Runners in the first Chicago Marathon back in 1977.
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45,000: The maximum participants in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
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29: Neighborhoods runners will traverse during the marathon, including the Loop, East Lakeview, West Loop, Little Italy, Chinatown, Pilsen and more.
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6: Days it took for registration to officially close, a new record for the 35th annual event. Demand to run the iconic race has increased significantly in recent years, closing 25 days faster than the previous record established last year. A decade ago, the 2003 event closed in 35 weeks.
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$219.7 million: Estimated amount of money the marathon contributes in total business activity to the Chicago economy, according to a study conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Regional Economics Applications Laboratory. It's the equivalent of 1,520 jobs.
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2 hours, 5 minutes, 41 seconds: Time of the marathon's fastest male runner, Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya, in 2009. Wanjiru passed away in May 2011 at age 24.
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2 hours, 17 minutes, 18 seconds: Time of the marathon's fastest female runner, Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain, set in 2002.
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6: Continents with runners representing them in the race. Participants have come from all over the globe in recent years, including many Olympians.
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4:- Consecutive Bank of America Chicago Marathon victories Liliya Shobukhova is aiming for after winning three.
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26.2: Miles to finish the marathon. The race concludes in Grant Park.
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