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There will be over 45,000 runners, an estimated 2 million spectators, 19 Chicago neighborhoods and 26.2 miles.

Sunday, Oct. 9 marks the running of the 38th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon, an event that brings locals, out-of-towners and even celebrities together for one of the city’s biggest events of the fall.

The event begins and ends in downtown’s Grant Park, where an party for runners and a reunite area for family and friends awaits.

In addition to offering runners a flat, urban path, the marathon is known for offering great crowd support across the entire course. Still, some places along the route are hot spots to see runners and turn watching the race into a celebration.

To get from place to place along the race route using public transportation, use the marathon’s transportation guide.

Meanwhile, here are some of the best spots for watching and taking in the experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For complete map of the marathon route please click here click here: 2013-Course-Map.