Community Alerts

2021 Chicago Marathon: Start Times, Road Closures, Course Map and Safety Tips

The 43rd Annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 10, 2021. The Marathon will begin with the wheel chair participants at approximately 7:20 a.m., the main race starts at 7:30 a.m. Titan would like to provide the following information to keep both spectators and runners safe and provide up-to-date information on events surrounding the marathon.

More than 35,000 runners from 50 states and 100 countries will be running on Sunday. The course runs through 29 neighborhoods in Chicago and is approximately 26.2 miles in length.

Starting Times

    7:20 a.m. – Men’s Wheelchair Start

    7:21 a.m. – Women’s Wheelchair Start

    7:23 a.m. – Handcycle Start

    7:30 a.m. – Wave 1 Start (Red)

    8:00 a.m. – Wave 2 Start (Blue)

    8:35 a.m. – Wave 3 Start (Orange)

Road Closures

Click here to view a map with the full list of road closures

Course Map

Click here to view a map of the course


All participants must be fully vaccinated or provide a negative coronavirus test result from within the previous 72 hours.

Private Security Partners

  • Report suspicious packages and behavior, make sure staff know it is common for marathon runners to stash gear along the route
  • Focus security cameras towards race and critical assets, ensure your DVR is recording and that staff are trained on gathering video.
  • Please consider staffing camera control rooms even if not generally staffed on the weekend
  • If you have uniformed security personnel, please place them in forward positions along the race route
  • Minimize the number of false suspicious activity calls by notifying the police if you are using undercover personnel

Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) Training Videos

The DHS has developed training videos on suspicious activity indicators to assist with
recognizing the kinds of suspicious behaviors that may be related to terrorism activities.

Safety Tips

  • If you see something suspicious, report it
  • Carry water and stay hydrated
  • Choose a landmark to meet at in case you are separated from your group
  • Utilize the buddy system
  • Remain alert and be observant of surroundings
  • Leave any valuables at home
  • Do not jump any barricades
  • Secure handbags and wallets
  • Stay calm and pleasant
  • Follow your own instincts
  • Leave yourself room to move quickly
  • If you see an unattended bag, alert police as quickly as possible

As always, if you “See Something, Say Something”. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. To report suspicious activity, call 855-RPRT-2-S4 (855-777-8274).

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