Chicago River Marathon & Half Marathon

  • Hosted By: Lincoln Park Boat Club

The Chicago River Marathon and Half-Marathon is a regatta that will challenge the toughest of rowers who seek an adventurous row that rivals the average head race.

The Full Marathon will start and end in the Bridgeport neighborhood and extend north to the Albany Park neighborhood before heading back straight south to finish near the start. The course covers the dynamic range of Chicago’s neighborhoods, surveying the changing landscape from industrial to natural prairie land. Rowers will race through Chicago’s famed downtown and will pass architecturally significant buildings like the Willis Tower, Civic Opera House, Merchandise Mart, The Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and Aqua Tower. The course will also lead rowers past the sites of Chicago’s four city boathouses. Perhaps most remarkably, the course runs under or past every single one of the city’s historic moveable bridges, of which Chicago has the most of any city in the world!

The Half-Marathon course also starts in Bridgeport, but does not pass north of Kinzie St. Rowers will still race through downtown, passing the same architectural landmarks as the Full Marathon, but will then proceed southward rather than northward.

In 2016, the Chicago River Marathon partnered with The Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) to celebrate Paris and Chicago as sister cities and to expand the reach of The Rowing Exchange. The Rowing Exchange was started in 2011 by Susan Hackett  and is chaired by Stephanie Leese Emrich of The Paris Committee of CSCI. It has seen University of Chicago Crew student rowers participate in La Traversée de Paris annually and in June of 2012, a Chicago tour row by the Parisian rowers from Aviron-Marie.


  • M, W, and Mx 4x and 2x entries accepted by application
  • All crews planning to race the full marathon must bring own shell


Please direct all inquiries to

Contact Pamela Yeshewas
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Chief Referee Not yet posted
Juniors Yes
High School Yes
Middle School No
Collegiate Yes
Open Yes
Masters Yes
Elite No
Para No
Inclusion No
Entry Fees (USD)
Max entries 60609 entries. This venue has a restriction on how many entries are permitted. Registration is closed when this cap is reach ( or the deadline passes, whichever occurs first.)