LetsRun.com $200,021 Boston and Chicago Marathons Prediction Contest

By LetsRun.com
October 8, 2021

It’s a special weekend as the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is Sunday and the Boston Marathon is Monday.

A LetsRun.com Prediction Contest will make them even more exciting.

The contest is quite simple. Pick the top 3 in the men’s and women’s races from our guide and a predicted winning time for Chicago for tie-breaking purposes. We’ll score your picks and come up with our winners.

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We give you a list of the top entrants with a picking guide, so everyone has a chance. A 13-year-old won our Marathon Trials contest.

Prizes (Click here if you have a login and want to get started)

1st Place – On Running shoe of your choice + Free Supporters Club Membership for a Year + LetsRun.com t-shirt of your choice
2nd Place – On Running shoe of your choice + Free Supporters Club Membership for a Year + LetsRun.com t-shirt of your choice
3rd Place – On Running shoe of your choice + Free Supporters Club Membership for a Year + LetsRun.com t-shirt of your choice

$200,021 Perfect Ballot

We need a perfect ballot bonus. If you pick the top 3 correctly in all four races and pick the winning time correctly to the second in Chicago, you’ll win $200,021 payable over equal installments for 20 years. If there is more than one winner of perfect ballot, they will split the prize. LetsRun.com is solely responsible for the perfect ballot money.

How It Works *Click here if you have a login already and want to get started
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(if you click here and get redirected it means you already are logged in. Use your forum login for the contest)


The scoring is as follows and is designed to reward those who pick the winners of both races.

  • Each race winner you pick correctly = 4 points.
  • Each person that you correctly pick to finish in the top 3 = 1 point.
    It doesn’t matter if you actually get the pick exactly right. If you pick someone 1st and they finish 3rd you still get the point. Vice versa is true as well. If you pick them to get third and they get third, it’s still only one point.
  • Bonus points: Perfect event. All three picks: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the right order = 2 more points (here the order is key).
  • Bonus points: Pick first and second correctly, but not third = 1 bonus point.

Do you understand the rules fully? The following example should explain any questions you have. If you pick 1st, 2nd, and 3rd correctly in any event in the proper order, it is 3 points (1 point for each person in the top 3) + 4 points (for getting the winner correct) + 2 points (bonus for perfect pick of top 3 in order) = 9 points. If you just have 1st place correct = 4 points (for getting winner correct) + 1 point for top 3 correct = 5 points. If you get 1st and 2nd correct but not third = 4 points (for getting winner correct) + 2 point for 2 in top 3 correct + 1 bonus point = 7 points.

The more points, the better.

Tiebreaker: If people are tied we first see who had the most winners picked correctly, then the most in the top 3 correctly. If things are still tied, then we’ll see how far cumulatively your predicted winning times for the races was from the actual winning time.

Play in a Group vs. Your Friends

In our contest, you can create your own group and play against your friends.


Oh yeah, only one entry per person. No computerized/mechanical entries. I’m sure we should have a bunch of legal stuff here. How about this: your picks and your login name are not private and may be displayed on our website. And we’re not responsible if the free contest gets cancelled for any reason including if our database crashes. If the contest is cancelled, the prizes will not be awarded. We’ll do our best to keep everything running smoothly. The top 3 in any event are final when we determine them at the end of the meet and this may not be the ultimate final top 3 (mainly due to drug busts in the future). Additionally, this contest is obviously void where prohibited by law. Also you need to be of the right minimum age, which we’ll say is 15 to be safe. No purchase necessary. And yes, we can win our own contest. If we beat you, you’ll hear about it for sure.

This contest is in no way affiliated with the Boston or Chicago Marathons.

Get Started
Sound easy? Then get started.

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You’ll be able to login and check your scores during the contest. You need a LetsRun.com login to play. If you have any questions, email us at letsrun@letsrun.com.

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