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Chicago Marathon 2020 Canceled due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Chicago Marathon 2020 Canceled due to Coronavirus Pandemic

The 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, event organizers announced Monday.

Runners registered for the October 11 race will have the option to receive a refund for their race entry or defer their place and entry fee to a future marathon in 2021, 2022, or 2023, organizers said in a press release.

"The Chicago Marathon is our city's beloved annual celebration of more than 45,000 runners, as well as tens of thousands of volunteers, spectators and city residents, all of whom come together race weekend as one community here in our city," said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. "Like all Chicagoans, I'm personally disappointed that this year's event won't take place as originally planned, however, we look forward to welcoming all runners and their cheering squads once again when the Chicago Marathon returns to our city in full force for another very exciting race.

Chicago was the last of the American races in the six-city World Marathon Majors series to go public with its plans. The Boston Marathon was initially postponed from April to September, before organizers announced on May 28 it was canceled for a virtual race. The New York City Marathon announced on June 24 that it would not be holding its 50th anniversary race on November 1.

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