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COVID-19 Policies

The 43rd running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is scheduled to return to the streets of Chicago on Sunday, October 10, 2021.

The information on this page reflects event policies that align with evolving guidance and requirements from the City of Chicago.

Questions about the 2021 event? Visit the 2021 FAQs page for more information.

*Updates as of September 10, 2021.

Health policy

Creating a safe environment race weekend is everyone’s responsibility. You can contribute to the overall safety of the event by reviewing and following the health and safety procedures described below.

  • If you have tested positive or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the event, please do not participate in or attend the event. Learn more about the COVID-19 accommodations for registered participants who test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the event.
  • If you feel sick or experience symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) you should self-isolate and not participate in event activities or enter event venues while symptomatic. We encourage individuals experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 to get tested and consult a medical professional for additional guidance.
  • All attendees must adhere to local and state COVID-19 guidelines and mandates. This includes but is not limited to face coverings and following quarantine advisories.
  • Please follow best practices on personal hygiene, including regular handwashing (vigorous handwashing with water and soap for 20 seconds or application of hand sanitizer consisting of at least 60% alcohol), avoiding touching the eyes, mouth or nose, and covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Individuals who are considered “high risk,” which includes but is not limited to underlying cardiac and pulmonary conditions as well as individuals with immunocompromised states, should consult with their physician and/or reconsider attending or participating in the event.

Participation requirements

Registered participants are required to provide proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination series or a negative COVID-19 test result to participate in the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Registered participants who are not fully vaccinated are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result for a test administered within 72 hours of attending the Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Sunday, October 10). The event defines “fully vaccinated” as individuals who are two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

Proof of vaccination (hard copy, photocopy or digital version of an immunization record) or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of attending the event is required for entrance to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. Individuals unable to prove full vaccination or negative test will be barred from entering the Health & Fitness Expo and unable to pick up the necessary race materials that allow for participation in the event.

This policy recognizes COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Accepted COVID-19 tests are those that have received FDA emergency use authorization (EUA) and include RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, lateral flow, and rapid antigen tests.

Individuals based in the United States can visit www.vaccinefinder.org for more information on COVID-19 vaccines and to find a vaccination location.

Face coverings

All attendees are required to wear face coverings while at indoor event venues, including the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. Face coverings must be two-ply at a minimum and cover the mouth and nose securely. Single-ply neck gaiters and face shields are not acceptable face coverings.

Participants are encouraged to wear face coverings in Grant Park pre-race. Additional masks will be available post-finish for participants who would like to re-mask before making their way to the Abbott 27.2 Fest or Runner Reunite.

Attendees who have access to a tented area are required to wear face coverings while inside the tent.

Spectators are encouraged and may be required to wear face coverings in Grant Park and while supporting their participant on course.

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