Chicago Marathon 2019 Live Stream Along with its deep-dish pies, Chicago is known for its seriously fast and competitive marathon. This year’s race kicks off along Lakeshore Drive on Sunday, October 13, following a loop around the city before finishing back in Grant Park.
The relatively flat course is a favorite of elites aiming for personal bests—and if race conditions cooperate, killer times are in reach.Here’s how to see it all go down on October 13, and what you’ll want to watch for in the big race:
What: The 2019 Chicago Marathon
Why: A stacked field of American and international distance runners are going head-to-head in one of the fastest marathon courses on U.S. soil.
When: The broadcast begins at 8 a.m. EST; the race starts at 8:30 a.m.
Where: In the U.S., you can tune into the NBC Sports Network or stream it on NBC Sports Gold (requires a $39.99 subscription). For Chicago residents, the race will be broadcast live on NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and streamed on nbcchicago.com and telemundochicago.com from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Additional spectator information can be found at the Chicago Marathon website.)
Last year, Mo Farah secured his first marathon victory and a European record on his way to winning the 2018 Chicago Marathon. In the last mile, Farah ran away from competitor Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia to break the tape in 2:05:11. After the race, Farah told Runner’s World that he believed he could go faster. While the four-time Olympic track champion hasn’t improved his marathon time so far this year—he finished fifth in 2:05:39 at the 2019 London Marathon—he did recently win a record-breaking sixth title at the Great North Run in a half marathon personal best of 59:07 on September 8.
Looking at his return to Chicago, now with a target on his back as the defending champion, Farah, 36, told Sports Illustrated that he’s “more excited than ever to run against one of the most stacked fields.”
On Sunday, Farah will toe the line with 2019 Boston Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono of Kenya, 2018 Tokyo Marathon champion Dickson Chumba of Kenya, and 2017 Chicago Marathon champion and former Nike Oregon Project teammate Galen Rupp.
On September 30, Nike Oregon Project head coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years from the sport of track and field. The announcement was made during the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, where several members of the group were competing. As a result of the ban, Salazar’s credential was revoked and he was no longer allowed to have contact with any of his athletes. To add to the chaos, on Thursday night before the Chicago Marathon, Nike officials told Runner’s World that the Oregon Project team would “wind down” and allow its athletes to pursue other opportunities.