Press releases – 2015
October 11, 2015
DICKSON CHUMBA AND FLORENCE KIPLAGAT CLAIM VICTORY IN CHICAGO
In today’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, more than 37,000 runners crossed the finish line in Grant Park on a sun kissed day with strong winds out of the southwest. For the first time in more than two decades, pacesetters were not at the helm of the race, and in a strategic competition up front, the men’s race saw a Kenyan sweep with Dickson Chumba running away from the field in 2:09:25, Sammy Kitwara finishing as the runner-up for the second time in 2:09:50, and newcomer to the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM), Sammy Ndungu, sprinting down the homestretch for third in 2:10:06.
View the October 11, 2015 press release(.pdf)
October 7, 2015
MEDIA ALERT: OFFICIAL OPENING OF ABBOTT HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO FOR THE BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON
View the October 7, 2015 media alert (.pdf)
October 5, 2015
MEDIA ALERT: RACE WEEK MEDIA INFORMATION
View the October 5, 2015 media alert (.pdf)
October 1, 2015
ABBOTT CELEBRATES LIVING FULLY THROUGH THE POWER OF HEALTH AS AN OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF THE 2015 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON
In its second year as an Official Sponsor of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Abbott will again demonstrate its commitment to helping people achieve their goals through good health. From experienced runners and wheelchair racers to first-time participants, marathons prove that when people are at their healthiest, they can do more, achieve more and experience more in life.
View the October 1, 2015 press release(.pdf)
September 29, 2015
BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON EXPANDS MEDIA PARTNERSHIPS
Today, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that an expanded US and global audience will have access to the Oct. 11, 2015 event via continued and new partnerships with broadcast, radio and print media partners.
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September 10, 2015
2012 CHICAGO CHAMPION AND CURRENT HALF MARATHON WORLD RECORD-HOLDER HEADLINE 2015 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON ELITE FIELD
Today, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced 2012 champion Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia and current half marathon world record-holder Florence Kiplagat of Kenya will return to compete for the crown at the 38th annual event.
View the September 10, 2015 press release (.pdf)
September 3, 2015
AMERICAN ATHLETES RACING THE 2015 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON TO VIE FOR SELECTION TO RIO DE JANEIRO
Today, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced it will host the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials Marathon on the streets of Chicago on Sunday, October 11. America’s top athletes will race in the event’s professional elite wheelchair field to secure one of four spots on the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team.
View the September 3, 2015 press release (.pdf)
September 2, 2015
STUDY FINDS BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON DELIVERS MORE THAN $254 MILLION TO CHICAGO ECONOMY
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon continues to provide year-over-year growth to Chicago’s economy, with the 2014 race delivering an estimated $254 million in total business impact to the city. The findings come from the latest economic impact study reported today by Bank of America.
View the September 2, 2015 press release (.pdf)
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August 6, 2015
THE BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON’S STATEMENT ON LILIYA SHOBUKHOVA
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has received an official statement from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) informing us that Liliya Shobukhova has received a doping ban based on findings from her athlete biological passport (ABP). In addition to the ban, the IAAF has disqualified all of Shobukhova’s results as of October 9, 2009.
Upon receiving notification of the doping ban and disqualification, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon began taking steps to annul Shobukhova’s 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 records. The standings of the athletes who placed behind her will be updated. In accordance with IAAF rule 40.8, the Chicago Marathon will not be responsible for retroactively paying athletes and re-allocating the prize money unless or until Shobukhova repays all of her prize money.
“We have received official notification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) of Liliya Shobukhova’s ban,” said Carey Pinkowski, Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director. “Our race continues to be a strong advocate for strict anti-doping measures, and while upsetting; this is an example of why these measures are in place and why we believe in increased out of competition drug testing.”
August 5, 2015
WORLD’S TOP PROFESSIONAL WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES COMPETE THIS FALL IN 2015 CHICAGO-NEW YORK CHALLENGE IN PREVIEW OF NEW ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS SERIES
The world’s top professional wheelchair athletes will go head-to-head in the first Chicago-New York Challenge; it was announced today by Carey Pinkowski, executive race director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon.
View the August 5, 2015 press release (.pdf)
July 8, 2015
RUNNING LEGENDS JOAN BENOIT SAMUELSON AND DEENA KASTOR RETURN TO CHICAGO WITH SIGHTS SET ON NEW CHALLENGES
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that legendary American runners Joan Benoit Samuelson and Deena Kastor will compete in the 38th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, on Sunday, October 11. Both athletes return to Chicago to commemorate the anniversaries of their victories, while also setting their sights on new challenges and fast times.
View the July 8, 2015 press release (.pdf)
June 2, 2015
BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON HONORS HILLARY GELFMAN WITH THE RICHARD M. DALEY AND MAGGIE DALEY AWARD
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon recognizes Hillary Gelfman as the fifth recipient of the Richard M. Daley and Maggie Daley Award. The award was established in 2010 to honor the Bank of America Chicago Marathon participant who raised the most funds for charity through the annual world-class event. As a member of Team in Training, the fundraising program for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Gelfman raised more than $88,000 during the 2014 race for Team Vickie, a team she organized in honor of her sister.
View the June 2, 2015 press release (.pdf)
May 4, 2015
MOLEX NAMED OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON
Molex Incorporated, a leading global manufacturer of electronic solutions, today announced a new partnership as an official sponsor of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) race series. The annual event makes a significant economic impact on the host city of Chicago and assists in raising millions of dollars for a variety of charitable organizations.
View the May 4, 2015 press release (.pdf)
April 28, 2015
2015 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON LOTTERY ENTRANTS RECEIVE NOTIFICATION
2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Lottery Entrants Receive Notification
Runners who entered the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon lottery will be notified today of their selection status. This year’s field will be comprised of runners selected through the lottery as well as participants who qualified for one of five guaranteed entry opportunities. Lottery entrants will be informed of their status throughout the day via email. The world-class event will take place on Sunday, October 11, 2015.
View the April 28, 2015 press release (.pdf)
February 25, 2015
2015 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON LOTTERY OPENS MARCH 10
Today the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that runners can enter the lottery for the 2015 event on March 10. Runners who qualify for a guaranteed entry will also be able to register at this time. The lottery system, introduced last year, resulted in a record number of finishers – 40,659 – at the 2014 Chicago Marathon. The 38th annual Chicago Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 11 in Grant Park.
View the February 25, 2015 press release (.pdf)
January 30, 2015
THE BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON’S STATEMENT ON RITA JEPTOO
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is aware of the announcement made today (January 30, 2015) by Athletics Kenya in Nairobi regarding Rita Jeptoo’s failed drug test conducted in September 2014. The Chicago Marathon will await the completion of the process by the IAAF and any appeal by Jeptoo before addressing the athlete’s standing with the event. Jeptoo won the 2013 and 2014 Chicago Marathons.
“The use of drugs and doping in any sport is deeply disappointing to all of us, especially to the athletes who are competing clean and to the fans,” said Carey Pinkowski, Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director. “The Chicago Marathon is determined to uphold the integrity of our sport, and we will continue to work with the Abbott World Marathon Majors who has been very clear that doping will not be tolerated and that athletes who have tested positive will not be allowed to participate in any AWMM events.”
The marathons which comprise the Abbott World Marathon Majors are Boston, Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City.