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Start corrals

The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 assigns runners to a start corral based on the expected pace per mile provided on their applications.


Start corral assignments

All runners are assigned to a start corral. Runners are placed into start corrals based on qualifying times and estimated times provided on their applications. Log into your participant account to view your start corral assignment.

Corral Expected pace/finish time
Elite Male – sub 5:15 min/mile
Female – sub 6:15 min/mile
Corral A 8:45 min/mile and under
Corral B 8:45 min/mile – 9:30 min/mile
Corral C 9:30 min/mile – 10:30 min/mile
Corral D 10:30 min/mile and over

Elite start

The Elite start is positioned at the front of the field and designed to recognize the top entrants in the 2022 Bank of America Chicago 13.1.

  • Please note men in the elite corral must be capable of running a 5:15/mile pace and women must be capable running a 6:15/mile pace.
  • Participants must provide proof of qualification (event name, date, distance and finishing time) at the point of registration
  • You must provide proof that you have run this pace in a prior event.  Proof must be in the form of a link to your online race results or an uploaded finisher’s certificate.
  • Results must be from any race of a distance no less than 10K completed on or after January 1, 2020 and must show a finishing time that meets the minimum pace requirements as listed above.

Frequently asked questions

What are start corrals? 
Start corrals are designated start areas designed to facilitate a more efficient and convenient race start for all runners.  The elite corral is assigned based on a runner’s accepted qualifying time. Open start corrals are assigned based on a runner’s expected finish time.

How do I know my start corral assignment? 
You will be able to view your start corral assignment by logging in to your Participant Account.

You will also receive an email race week indicating your event bib number and final corral assignment.

Can I switch from one start corral to another? 
You may request a change to your start corral using this request form. All requests must be submitted by Tuesday, May 24.

Can I request to be assigned to the same corral as someone else? 
If you plan to run with a friend, family member or teammate, make sure that you both submit the same expected finish time.

I submitted a qualifying time by email. Will I receive confirmation that my start corral has been changed? 
No. You will not receive confirmation that your start corral has been changed. You must verify the change has been made by viewing your corral assignment online within your Participant Account. Please note that the change will not be automatic, as qualifying times and corral availability must be confirmed.

What is considered acceptable proof of a qualifying time for the elite corral? 
Participants must provide proof of qualification (event name, date, distance and finishing time) at the point of registration. You must provide proof that you have run this pace in a prior event.  Proof must be in the form of a link to your online race results or an uploaded finisher’s certificate. Results must be from any race of a distance no less than 10K completed on or after January 1, 2020 and must meet the elite corral qualification standards of 5:15 per mile pace for men and 6:15 per mile pace for women.

Are start corral assignments guaranteed?
Start corral assignments are not guaranteed. Corrals are filled on a first-come, first-served basis until they reach their respective capacities.

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