Chicago Marathon 2020 Cancelled Due to Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

The 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon organizers announced Monday July 13, 2020 that the 43rd annual Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, 2020 has been cancelled regarding ongoing public health concerns of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a Chicago Marathon press release, each registered participant will have the option to receive a refund for their 2020 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 Chicago Marathon, now canceled for the second time in its history, usually attracts 45,000 runners and wheelchair athletes in Chicago.




Official Chicago Marathon Notice on July 13, 2020 …

2020 Event Cancellation
On Monday, July 13, 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 response to the ongoing public health concerns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

In regard to the unique set of circumstances surrounding the decision to cancel the 2020 race, the event has put into place an exception to our standard event policies. Each registered participant will have the option to receive a refund for their 2020 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).

2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon registered participants will be contacted via email with additional information and the opportunity to select one of the following options.

Entry refund*
All registered participants for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be eligible to select a refund for their 2020 race entry. Due to the complexities of cancelling the event and the anticipated quantity of refunds, we expect the refund process to take several weeks or months. Participants who select this opportunity will be notified via email when the refund process has started.

*Participants who received a complimentary entry for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will also have the opportunity to select a refund. In this instance, the refund will be issued to the organization who provided/paid for the complimentary entry and not the individual.

2021, 2022 or 2023 Deferment (place and entry fee)**
All registered participants for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be eligible to defer their place and entry fee to a future event (2021, 2022 or 2023).

Participants who select this option will be required to claim their entry during the 2021, 2022 or 2023 event application window. An email will be sent to eligible participants when the application window is open. The email will include instructions on how to claim their complimentary guaranteed entry.

**Participants who registered through the 2020 Charity and International Tour Group Programs have the opportunity to defer their entry to a future event. If and when a runner selects this option, they are required to participate with the organization or team they committed to participating with for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

For a full list of frequently asked event cancellation questions please visit the Cancellation FAQ page.

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