Get out your sneakers and pain relievers, it’s marathon season again, and corporate sponsors are already lining up to get their names affiliated with these huge annual events that can host up to 35,000 participants and millions of spectators. Whether you are planning to run, volunteer, watch, or just be anywhere in the vicinity of the 26 mile, 385 yard courses that will spring up in multiple cities this fall, you are bound to see a lot of top banks named among the sponsors.

2008 Bank of America® Chicago MarathonMickey B. Photography

With the countdown ticking off the days until the Bank of America® Marathon in Chicago, we decided to see what other races were on the horizon, just in case you felt so good at the finish line that you wanted to keep running straight to the next one.

One of the great marathoning traditions are the runners and teams who participate on behalf of charities, which are able to raise millions of dollars at these events every year.  Last year the ING New York City Marathon Charity Program alone raised $18.4 million dollars for the 41 charities that participated, and charity runners at the Bank of America® Chicago Marathon raised $10 million in 2008, a number they are hoping to surpass this year.


Charities represented range from large organizations like UNICEF to smaller local groups, and are given a portion of the registration fee of individuals and teams who run for them.  So even if you don’t think you’ll break runner Khalid Khannouchi’s 1999 Chicago Marathon record of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 42, join a team affiliated with the charity of your choice and get in shape while promoting a good cause.

Total distance you could be traveling over the next year? Around 288 miles, 740 yards.  That doesn’t include the distance to each event, but we thought that even if you are marathoners, after all those races you would probably want to fly.

Here is a list of some major marathons upcoming this year:

DateMarathon NameStateSponsorHighlights
9/13/09Two Bear MarathonMTGlacier BankFall foliage race through Stillwater State Park
10/10/09Baltimore Running FestivalMDM&T BankSpecial charity for businesses
10/10/09ING Hartford MarathonCTING DirectDedicated to being a sustainable, green event
10/11/09Bank of America Chicago MarathonILBank of AmericaFast, record setting course along the shore of Lake Michigan
10/18/09Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Bank MarathonMIFlagstar Bank"Conquered" after party and live music along the course
10/18/09Denver MarathonCOING DirectFlat course, but a mile high: not for the weak of heart
11/01/09ING New York City MarathonNYING DirectOne of the worlds largest marathons, with almost 38,000 participants last year
11/14/09SunTrust Richmond MarathonVASunTrust"America's friendliest marathon," with junk food pit stops along the course
3/20/10SunTrust National MarathonWashington, DCSunTrustThe 5th annual run along the National Mall
3/21/10ING Georgia MarathonGAING DirectA beautiful course through Atlanta starting and finishing at Centennial Olympic Park
4/25/10Oklahoma City Memorial MarathonOKMerrill Lynch / Morgan Stanley10th annual memorial run for the Oklahoma City Bombing
4/30/10Eugene MarathonORWells FargoFull weekend of running events in Oregon
5/02/10Cincinnati Flying Pig MarathonOHPNC BankOne of the largest 1st time runner marathons, great for beginners
5/02/10Pittsburgh MarathonPAPNC BankFitness challenge for teams with members competing in all three events
5/30/10KeyBank Vermont City MarathonVTKey BankFree runner dinner with speaker, female leg amputee and Ironman Competitor Sarah Reinersten
6/19/10Grandma's MarathonMIWells FargoLive music and guest speakers
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  • Dan Briggs

    This is by far the best article on the internet. Makes me want to run a marathon! And go to the bank!