How many people will run the Chicago Marathon on October 13—and how much water will they drink? Bonus stats in this survey: The number of spectators, the countries represented, and the neighborhoods the route runs through.
By Adam Doster
Published Oct. 9, 2013
That spike in runners along the Lakefront Trail that is guilting you during every morning commute can mean only one thing: The 36th annual Chicago Marathon is fast approaching. Here’s what you need to know before the participants pound the pavement for 26.2 miles on October 13.
45,000 registered participants
2:04:38 course record Tsegaye Kebede (pictured above), 2012
1.7 million estimated spectators
138 countries represented
10,212 international runners
77,760 gallons of water and 1.1 million Gatorade cups
1,500 portable toilets
29 official Chicago neighborhoods on the course
Security changes for this year: Runners must pick up their own bib packets; no one may pick up a bib packet on behalf of a runner. Only transparent event-issued bags allowed in Grant Park and accepted at the gear check.