The 2020 Chicago Marathon has been officially cancelled. This was not a huge surprise as the Tokyo Olympics have been delayed and most of the other major marathons have already cancelled, including the New York City Marathon.
Last year the Chicago Marathon saw an exciting race both on the men and women side, however the women's race took the spotlight and was one for the history books. Brigid Kosgei ran amazing 2:14:04 for a new world record. Prior to the race Kosgei said she was aiming for Paula Radcliffe’s course record of 2:17:18. Not only did she crush that record, but also crushed Radcliffe’s then World Record.
On the men's side, Kenyan Lawrence Cherono outsprinted the competition for the win, just as he did on Boylston Street in April. It was such a close finish, that Cherono outkicked Dejene Debela by one second, 2:05:45 to 2:05:46. Cherono was the first man since 2006 to win Boston and Chicago in the same year.
"In 1977, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon was founded with the hope of building an event for the entire city. For the past 42 years, runners, volunteers, spectators and community members have shown up on the streets of Chicago to support one another and to turn an individual sport into a collective experience.
While we’d hoped to once again line 26.2 miles of our streets this October, the health and safety of everyone participating in and supporting the event is our highest priority. In response to the ongoing public health concerns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, event organizers and the City of Chicago announced the decision to cancel the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and all race weekend activities.
In light of this decision, registered runners for the 2020 event will have the option to receive a refund for their race entry or to defer their place and entry fee to a future edition of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon (2021, 2022 or 2023). The event will provide an update to runners in the coming days with additional information on the options available to them.
Registered runners for the International Chicago 5K will also be given the option to receive a refund or defer their entry to a future year (2021, 2022 or 2023).
Our team is hard at work developing plans for a virtual experience to recognize the dedication and commitment of everyone who would have taken part in the 43rd running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Details on how runners, their network of supporters and fans of the sport can get involved will be shared in the coming weeks.
On a personal note to the runners who have kept our race going for more than four decades, we want to thank you for your miles, for your loyalty and for your spirit. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has always been your race – the people’s race – and with your continued commitment to the sport, we will rise again. The world is running an unfamiliar marathon right now, with an uncertain finish line, and every runner knows that it takes patience, resilience and determination to keep going. When we finally return to the streets of Chicago, it will be a celebratory moment and an uncompromising statement about the collective spirit of who we are as a running community: we are powerful, we are persistent and we will reach the finish line again." - Chicago Marathon