CHICAGO — Registration for this year's Bank of America Chicago Marathon kicked off Wednesday at noon.
Sign-ups originally were slated to begin March 5, but race organizers said they needed more time to evaluate the online registration process.
The race is scheduled for Oct. 12, and there are 45,000 spots available.
The deadline for both guaranteed entry and lottery entry is still noon April 7. The marathon started using a lottery system in 2013 after suffering registration site issues.
The new lottery process for this year means that those guaranteed a spot are runners who qualify with a verified marathon finish of under 3:15:00 for men and under 3:45:00 for women, run for a charity program, join an official international tour partner, have finished the Chicago Marathon five or more times within the past 10 years or participate as wheelchair athletes.
Everyone else will be selected at random for the remaining spots.
Contributing: Emily Morris