CHICAGO — If you're into running 26.2 miles across Chicago with thousands of others, mark March 5 on your calendar.
That's when registration for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon begins.
The field will be capped at 45,000 and will have a mix of runners who enter after winning a lottery or through guaranteed slots through charities.
Last year, the signup site was overwhelmed by thousands of people who were looking to register for the race, forcing the site to be shut down temporarily. The remaining 15,000 spots were then put in a lottery.
Ultimately, 21,000 people were shut out of 15,000 available lottery bibs.
The registration fee for American residents is $185. Those living in other countries will be charged $210.
People can register on the marathon's website from noon on March 5 to noon on April 7. Lottery entrants will be notified of the results on April 14.