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CARA Marathon VIP


(Runners currently in CARA Marathon Training program)

(Must be CARA Support Level Member)


Date & Time

Sunday, October 9, 2022

5:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


An exclusive VIP area for CARA runners on marathon day in Chicago


Palmer House Hilton

17 E. Monroe St.

Chicago, IL

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  • Comfortable indoor climate-controlled space to relax pre and post-race 

  • Private toilet area near the start corrals

  • Indoor Restrooms at the Palmer House Hilton

  • Free Private Gear Check at the Palmer House Hilton

  • Pre-Race and Post-Race Hydration (Water and Gatorade Endurance)

  • Post-Race assorted carbohydrate and salty snacks

  • Stretching and NormaTec Boots provided by Rush Physical Therapy

  • And more!

(See details below for notes on the status of some traditional amenities)

Event Details

Event Day Schedule:

  • 5:30 a.m. - Venue Opens (Pre-Race)

  • 5:30 a.m. - Gear Check Opens

  • 10:30 a.m. - Post-Race Amenities Begin (Guest can enter venue)

  • 4:00 p.m. - Gear Check Closes / Venue Closes


  • Indoor Space: Palmer House Hilton Exhibit Hall 

    • 17 East Monroe St (Chicago)​

    • 16,909 square feet of indoor space

  • Outdoor Private Start Corral Toilets​

    • Located at Michigan Ave.​ & Van Buren St.


Ticket Access:

  • Tickets are only available to:

    • CARA Summer Marathon Training Program Runners (guaranteed access, registration required)

    • CARA Supporter Level Members

    • Official CARA Charity Partners (registration accessible by private link available from charity team leaders)

  • Tickets are available to eligible persons only, no exceptions.

  • Tickers available until capacity is reached.

  • Tickets may NOT be purchased on behalf of others, and shoe tags may not be transferred to others.

  • A photo ID of the named ticket holder is required to enter and to also pick up shoe tag at Marathon Expo

  • Training program runners not participating in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon are asked not to attend, unless volunteering, to help limit the number of people gathering.

Guest Policy (2022):

  • Registered attendees may bring a limited amount of friends and family to the VIP area. Please refrain from bringing more than four (4) guests to the VIP area

  • Guest are not allowed in venue until after 10:30 a.m.

  • Amenities are for runners only and NOT guest, shoe tag is required to access amenities  

Shoe Tag Pick-Up:

Mailing Option 

  • Summer Marathon training program runners, who did not pick up their tag, did not receive a tag, or lost their tag can select to have it mailed to them starting on September 1st. 

  • Avoid the line and utilize the mailing option which will be available from September 1st to September 27th.

In-Person Option

  • CARA will be back at the Abbott Health and Fitness Expo in 2022 from October 6-8.

  • Summer Marathon training program runners who do not have a shoe tag and do NOT select the mailing option can pick up their tag in person at the Abbot Health and Fitness Expo.

Gear Check Provided:

  • Indoor VIP gear check provided at the Palmer House.

  • Participants can check a bag of any reasonable size.

Food & Beverage:

  • Snack goody bags from various CARA partners will be available.

  • Participants can purchase additional food/meals from the Palmer House in the main lobby.

  • Participants may bring in personal food items.

  • Coffee is not available at VIP. There is a Starbucks inside the Palmer House lobby.

Changes for 2022:

  • Medal engraving are NOT included in 2022.

  • Tickets are only available to CARA Supporter Level Members, marathon training program runners, and our charity partners as we adhere to the hotels capacity limit.

Entrance Requirements: Attendees must meet the requirement below to attend and enter CARA Marathon VIP.

  • 1. CARA 2022 Summer Marathon Training Shoe Tag:

    • Attendees must have a 2022 CARA Summer Marathon Training Program Shoe Tag attached to one shoe at all times while at the event. Tags must be worn on shoe, and should not be carried or attached to a bag.

  • 2. Check-In Pass or Photo ID:

    • Attendees must be prepared to show their photo ID or "Check-In Pass" on their phone (or printed) upon initial entry pre-race. Access to check-in passes will be provided by email prior to the event. Attendees must have photo ID available that matches the name on their Check-In Pass. Persons may not enter the event by using another persons shoe tag.

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