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COVID-19 Accommodation

The event has put into place an exception to our standard event policies for participants who cannot participate due to a positive COVID-19 test within 14 days of the event.

Participants who tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the event (on or after Monday, September 27, 2021) had the opportunity to complete an online form asking to defer their place and entry fee to the 2022 event. All requests for deferral were required to be submitted from 12:01 a.m. (Central Time) on Monday, September 27, 2021 through 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) on Sunday, October 10, 2021.

Participants requesting a deferral must also email the event-provided COVID-19 Positive Physician Authorization form to office@chicagomarathon.com by the submission deadline of 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) on Sunday, October 10, 2021. The COVID-19 Positive Physician Authorization form must be completed by a medical professional confirming a positive COVID-19 result within 14 days of the event (on or after Monday, September 27, 2021).

Individuals who are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the event will not be eligible to defer their place and entry fee to the 2022 event. We ask these individuals not to participate in or attend the event and encourage them to get tested and consult with a medical professional for additional guidance.

Individuals who are unable to participate and are not eligible for this policy may cancel their entry through 5 p.m. (Central Time) on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 via their participant account. Learn more about the entry cancellation process.

Eligible participants who purchased Refundable Booking will have their refund application processed according to the Refundable Booking policy and should not complete the online form.

Participants who received a guaranteed entry for the 2021 event through a charity or tour group application will be eligible to complete the online form requesting deferral.

In the event the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is cancelled, the option to defer will be void and all participants will be eligible to receive a partial refund for their 2021 entry fee or defer their place to the 2022 event, as outlined in the event cancellation policy (https://www.chicagomarathon.com/apply/cancellation-by-you-or-by-us/).

Request an exception

All requests are reviewed and verified by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This process can take up to 10 business days. Participants who do not meet the criteria of the policy will be contacted by the event at the conclusion of the review process. At that time, participants will have the opportunity to provide additional information. Participants approved for the policy exception will receive a confirmation email.

Eligible participants should be aware of the following before completing the form:

  • The deferred entry is specific to you and may not be transferred to any other person.
  • You must claim your entry during the 2022 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 your complimentary guaranteed entry.
  • Your 2021 event entry fee will be deferred to the 2022 event. If there is an increase in the event entry fee, you will not be required to pay the difference.
  • If you purchased additional items (Priority Access Package, MarathonFoto Package, iTAB or the Chicago Tribune Commemorative Package) for the 2021 event, those items are non-refundable and will not be applied to future participation.
  • The application window and race date of the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has not been finalized. Historically, the Chicago Marathon has been held the second Sunday of October.
  • Once this option is selected, it cannot be undone. 

If you have any questions, please email office@chicagomarathon.com.

*Please complete and submit your COVID-19 POSITIVE PHYSICIAN AUTHORIZATION form to office@chicagomarathon.com by 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) on Sunday, October 10, 2021.

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