Or­ga­niz­ers of can­celed Chicago Marathon an­nounce ‘vir­tual ex­pe­ri­ence’ for run­ners

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MITCH DUDEK, STAFF RE­PORTER mdudek@suntimes.com | @mitch­dudek

Run­ners whose hopes were dashed by the can­cel­la­tion of the Chicago Marathon are be­ing en­cour­aged to run 26.2 miles on their own and sub­mit their times.

Bank of Amer­ica Chicago Marathon or­ga­niz­ers an­nounced Tues­day that any­one who’d signed up for the marathon is el­i­gi­ble for the “vir­tual marathon.”

“Peo­ple will cre­ate a course in their own neigh­bor­hoods or on a tread­mill and then they can sub­mit their re­sults and see how they track with other peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­pe­ri­ence as well,” marathon spokes­woman Alex Sawyer said.

Run­ners can down­load a “dig­i­tal bib” and sub­mit their marathon times be­tween Oct. 6 and Oct. 11, which would have been marathon Sun­day.

Race or­ga­niz­ers an­nounced July 13 the 2020 race would be can­celed due to the pan­demic.

Any­one who was signed up for this year’s marathon has un­til Sept. 2 to se­lect whether they want a full re­fund or the op­por­tu­nity to push their race bib to 2021, 2022 or 2023, Sawyer said.

If run­ners don’t se­lect one of those op­tions be­fore the dead­line, they’ll au­to­mat­i­cally be is­sued a re­fund — $205 for U.S. res­i­dents and $230 for peo­ple from out of the coun­try, Sawyer said.

The race has av­er­aged about 45,000 fin­ish­ers over the past few years.

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Bank of Amer­ica Chicago Marathon or­ga­niz­ers have cre­ated a “vir­tual marathon.”

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