Chicago Marathon Lottery: Registration To Fill 15,000 Remaining Spots Reopens March 5

02/28/2013 06:03 pm ET | Updated Mar 01, 2013

Bank of America Chicago Marathon organizers on Thursday announced that they will reopen registration for the race on March 5 -- but that the remaining 15,000 spots will be divvied out via a lottery.

Earlier this month, registration for the Oct. 13 race was suspended after the race's registration website crashed. Despite the host of technical issues, 30,000 of the marathon's 45,000 spots were snatched up that day before registration was shut down entirely.

The lottery registration period will begin at 12:01 a.m. CST next Tuesday and will end at 9 p.m. on March 7. Winners will be notified on March 12 and have two days to finish their registration and pay an entry fee. When an entrant enters the lottery will not reportedly impact their chances of winning and an individual may only enter once.

"While this is a departure from our traditional registration process, we believe it is the most fair and efficient way to address this unique situation," read the announcement from marathon organizers.

Those hoping to partake in the popular marathon were already lashing out against marathon organizers on Facebook shortly after the Thursday announcement.

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