Yesterday I left the lunchroom early to get on the computer to register for the Chicago Marathon. I had my laptop, iPad, iPhone and work computer all ready incase something went wrong with one of my devices. I opted to start my registration on my work computer first since the Internet connection would be more reliable than form my personal device while tethering from my phone.
At 11:55 the Chicago Marathon registration page allowed me to begin typing in my information. I got all the way to the end on typed in my credit card information and hit the send button. Unfortunately after 3 minutes of churning I was sent to a page with an error message. Ugh! So I quickly got on my personal computer and my work computer at the same time and started the registration process over from the beginning. I tried this with now luck about a million times. After 20 minutes of trying I notice a couple of emails in my inbox.
They were confirmation emails!! I was one of the lucky folks whose registration went through. I never saw the final confirmation page so I wasn’t sure I was actually successful. I thankful that none of my other efforts actually resulted in a duplicate registration because I bet that would be a pain in the ass to rectify.
I heard that many people were not so lucky. Either they were unable to register at all or they registered numerous times. At $175 a pop can you imagine the credit card charges some people got?
So it looks like registration is closed until they can get their shit together and fix all the mistakes. I read that Thursday they will open registration up again until they fill their 45,000 spots.
I hope that anyone who really wants to run this race is already registered or will be able to do so on Thursday. I had planned for the Chicago Marathon to be my goal race of all time, so I’d be super let down if I wasn’t able to run it.
Did you have a hard time registering for the Chicago Marathon? Did you get lucky like me or are you waiting for a second change tomorrow?