Chicago Marathon brought in $254M for city last year, study says

The 37th annual Chicago Marathon steps off this Sunday, with 45,000 runners from around the globe expected to attend. (WLS)

Last year's Chicago Marathon was a record-breaker for Chicago's economy, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by the University of Illinois, shows the 2014 Chicago Marathon brought in a record $254 million in tourism revenue. That breaks down to more than $500 a day spent by visitors for the marathon.

Last year's race also raised a record $17.1 million for charity. More than 40,000 runners competed in last year's race.

This year's Chicago Marathon is Oct. 11.

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