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October 13, 2019
BRIGID KOSGEI SMASHES THE WORLD RECORD AND LAWRENCE CHERONO WINS IN A SPRINT FINISH AT THE 42ND ANNUAL BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON
In today’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, a record number of 45,786* runners crossed the finish line in Grant Park. Beneath a sun-splashed sky and ideal race temperatures hovering in the 40s, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon welcomed a diverse field of runners from 140 countries, all 50 states and all 50 Chicago wards. With a pre-race narrative filled with talk of a potential world record, Brigid Kosgei (KEN) delivered, shattering Paula Radcliffe’s world record (set 16 years ago), 2:15:25, to rewrite history with a jaw-dropping time of 2:14:04.** She also swept away Chicago’s long-standing course record, 2:17:18, on its 17th anniversary (October 13, 2002).
View the October 13, 2019 press release (.pdf)


October 8, 2019
BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON RACE WEEK MEDIA INFORMATION
View the October 8, 2019 media alert (.pdf)
View the October 8, 2019 media logistics information (.pdf)


October 8, 2019
RUNNER APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2020 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON ON OCTOBER 21, 2019
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that on Monday, October 21, it will begin accepting runner applications for the 2020 namesake event at chicagomarathon.com. Runners looking for inspiration to participate in the iconic event can catch the 42nd annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 13, 2019. A world-class elite field and runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will take over the streets of Chicago as they embark on a 26.2-mile tour of 29 of Chicago’s most dynamic and diverse neighborhoods.
View the October 8, 2019 press release (.pdf)


October 3, 2019
BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO 13.1 – A RUNNING TOUR OF CHICAGO’S WEST SIDE NEIGHBORHOODS – SET TO DEBUT SPRING 2020
Bank of America announced today the long-awaited debut of the Bank of America Chicago 13.1. The city’s newest half marathon, one of the most popular race distances in the United States, will kick off on Sunday, June 7, 2020, bringing a world-class race and three-day health and wellness festival to Chicago’s west side. The inaugural event deepens Bank of America’s premier racing portfolio, which includes the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
View the October 3, 2019 press release (.pdf)


October 2, 2019
BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON GENERATES RECORD-BREAKING $378 MILLION FOR CHICAGO ECONOMY IN 2018
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon continues to generate significant impact for the city of Chicago, with the 2018 race contributing a record-breaking $378 million to the city’s economy, a $40 million increase from 2017. This represents the second consecutive year the marathon’s economic impact has exceeded $300 million, which was felt by tourism, hospitality, and business industries across the market.
View the October 2, 2019 press release (.pdf)
View the 2019 Economic impact infographic (.pdf)


August 28, 2019
PAST CHAMPIONS BRIGID KOSGEI AND DICKSON CHUMBA LEAD INTERNATIONAL ELITE FIELD SET TO RUN THE 42ND ANNUAL BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that several international running stars are joining the 42nd annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon elite athlete competition. Past champions Brigid Kosgei (KEN) and Dickson Chumba (KEN) headline this year’s field. They will be joined at the front of the pack by some of the world’s best elite athletes, including previously announced 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon champion Mo Farah.
View the August 25, 2019 press release (.pdf)


August 5, 2019 
2019 ELITE PUSH RIM COMPETITION WELCOMES STRONG FIELD FEATURING 24 PARALYMPIANS FROM 14 COUNTRIES
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that the world’s top para-athletes, including previously announced defending champions Manuela Schär (SUI) and Daniel Romanchuk (USA), will compete for the crown and an increased prize purse at the 42nd annual event on Sunday, October 13.
View the August 5, 2019 press release (.pdf)


July 11, 2019
COMPETITIVE AMERICAN FIELD READY TO CONTEND AGAINST THE BEST IN THE WORLD AT THE 42ND ANNUAL BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that a strong field of American runners will join previously announced superstars Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay at the front of the field in Grant Park on October 13. This year’s field includes reigning USATF marathon national champions Emma Bates and Brogan Austin, and five U.S. women with personal records (PRs) faster than 2:30 (including two of the top 10 fastest women in U.S. history).
View the July 11, 2019 press release (.pdf)


June 19, 2019
COUNCIL FOR RESPONSIBLE SPORT ENCOURAGES ENDURANCE EVENTS TO JOIN THE UNITED NATIONS “SPORTS FOR CLIMATE ACTION INITIATIVE” AS IT RECOGNIZES COMMITMENTS FROM BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON AND MORE
The Council for Responsible Sport announced that the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Sacramento Running Association, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, the U.S. Marine Corps Marathon, Rhode Races, and Grandma’s Marathon have become early signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) “Sports for Climate Action Initiative”.
View the June 19, 2019 press release (.pdf)


May 14, 2019
BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON CHARITY RUNNERS RAISED AN EVENT RECORD $22.7 MILLION IN 2018
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon today announced that more than 11,000 runners raised an event record $22.7 million through the 2018 Chicago Marathon Charity Program. Since the program was officially established in 2002, more than 128,000 runners have raised over $207 million for local, national and global causes.
View the May 14, 2019 press release (.pdf)


May 9, 2019
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS SIR MO FARAH, DANIEL ROMANCHUK, MANUELA SCHÄR AND TOP AMERICANS GALEN RUPP AND JORDAN HASAY READY TO COMPETE IN THE 42ND ANNUAL BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON ELITE ATHLETE FIELD
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that several top athletes are joining the 42nd annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon elite athlete competition. Past champions Sir Mo Farah (GBR) and Galen Rupp (USA) lead the charge on the men’s side, and 2017 podium finisher and American marathon debut record-holder Jordan Hasay (USA) headlines the women’s race. In the elite wheelchair competition, defending champions Daniel Romanchuk (USA) and Manuela Schär (SUI) are returning to capture back-to-back victories.
View the May 9, 2019 press release (.pdf)



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