Entries opened this week for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on 12 October. One of the six majors, the race attracts some of the greatest runners in the world, with participants from all 50 US states and more than 100 countries.
The event has proved fruitful for British runners with past winners including Steve Jones (who broke the world marathon record in 1984) and Paula Radcliffe (who also broke the women's marathon record in 2002).
Known for its fast and flat course, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has produced four marathon world records, several national records and countless personal bests. Dennis Kimetto won last year's men's race with a course record of 2:03:45. In addition to its speed, the race offers a scenic tour of Chicago as it weaves through 29 diverse neighbourhoods and historical landmarks, guaranteeing an exciting marathon that gives you the chance to see all that is great about the Windy City.
Starting and finishing in Grant Park, runners first head north through the Loop, River North, Lincoln Park and Lakeview, before going west past Greektown, the United Center and University of Illinois at Chicago, then they head south through Chinatown, Bridgeport and the South Loop.
Sports Tours International is offering an early booking price for UK runners. For more information, visit the Sports Tours website.