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Virtual Experience FAQs

Do you have a question about the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Virtual Experience? Please view the frequently asked questions below to find the answers to your questions.

If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact the Chicago Marathon office at 312.904.9800 during regular business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., U.S. Central Time) or email office@chicagomarathon.com.

What is a virtual run?
A virtual run offers you an opportunity to participate in a racing experience in your own community. While nothing can replace the excitement of mass participation road races, a virtual run allows you to set a goal and celebrate the accomplishment of crossing your own finish line. 

Are there age requirements for the various distances?
Yes. Participants must meet the age requirements for each distance at the start of the Virtual Experience window: Marathon (16 years of age or older), half marathon (14 years of age or older), 8K (8 years of age or older), 5K (8 years of age or older) and mile (8 years of age or older).

The age requirements for the Virtual Experience are consistent with the requirements for our in-person events. 

Why is the marathon distance only available to the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon registered participants?
The Virtual Experience offers a variety of distances to recognize and involve everyone who would have taken part in the 43rd running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. While the shorter distances are available to everyone, the marathon distance is only available to individuals who signed up and started training for the 2020 event.

What amenities are offered for Virtual Experience participants?
All participants regardless of the selected distance will receive a digital event bib number, finisher certificate and access to the virtual expo and virtual participant bag.

All Bank of America Chicago Marathon Virtual Experience participants now have the opportunity to purchase one of our three commemorative packages that include a Nike commemorative cotton t-shirt (men’s crew neck and women’s scoop neck) to a personalized event medallion. 

Can I purchase a t-shirt if I am not running the full marathon distance?
Yes, all Bank of America Chicago Marathon Virtual Experience participants now have the opportunity to purchase a commemorative package.

Is there a designated course for the virtual run?
No. There is not a designated course route for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Virtual Experience. We encourage you to create a course route in your own community that is in line with local government guidance. We also encourage you to follow safe pedestrian practices when on streets and roadways.

When will the Virtual Experience take place?
The 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Virtual Experience will start on Monday, October 5 and conclude on Sunday, October 11. Runners can participate in their selected distance(s) at any time during that week.

When can I submit my results for the Virtual Experience?
You can submit your results for the Virtual Experience starting on Monday, October 5. The deadline to submit results for all distances is this Thursday, October 15 at 5 p.m. U.S. Central Time.

How do I submit my results for the Virtual Experience?
You will submit your results for the Virtual Experience through your participant account. Below are instructions on how to submit your time starting on Monday, October 5.

  1. Log into your Participant Account
  2. Click “Your Registrations”
  3. Click “Edit Registration”
  4. Click “Submit Virtual Results”
  5. Enter your total finish time and any additional information.
  6. Click ‘Save Registration’

Once your results are submitted you can view your time on the results page and download your finisher certificate.*

* Please note, participants will be able to run and submit their results for multiple virtual event distances.

Will the Virtual Experience results be included in the event’s official results?
No. The Virtual Experience results listing will not be incorporated into the official Bank of America Chicago Marathon results and cannot be used as a qualifying time for other events.

Can I break up the mileage throughout the week and submit my total time based on each run?
No. All distances must be completed in one continuous run. 

Can I walk the virtual event?
Yes. Participants can walk all the distances available through Virtual Experience.

Can I submit the same results and time for multiple distances?
No. Participants will need to submit an individual result and time for each distance they participate in.

Does the results platform calculate my pace per mile based on the event distances?
Yes, participants will submit their total time for the distance they ran, and the results platform will calculate the estimated pace per mile based on the overall finish time.


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