July 14, 2020
The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, has been canceled for only the second time in the annual event’s 43-year history. Race organizers cited ongoing health concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Registrants for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon have the option of requesting a refund or deferring their entrance fee to the 2021, 2022 or 2023 races. The race typically draws about 45,000 participants; last year’s marathon had an economic impact of $338 million on the city, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Launched in 1977, the Chicago Marathon is one of six Abbott World Major Marathons held annually. Of the other five, only the Tokyo Marathon proceeded as scheduled this year.
The London and Boston events were postponed, with the Boston Marathon subsequently canceled. The New York and Berlin races were canceled outright.
1987’s Chicago Marathon didn’t happen because then-sponsor Beatrice Foods pulled its support, the Tribune reported.
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