Thousands Tour Chicago’s West Side at the Second Annual Bank of America Chicago 13.1
CHICAGO, IL – Beneath sunny skies, a sold-out field of 8,000 participants gathered on Chicago’s West Side for the second annual Bank of America Chicago 13.1. The 2023 event built on the vision to reimagine what running can be in Chicago with a mix of wellness activities and entertainment for participants and community members. Reed Fischer and Diane Nukuri broke the tape in the elite men’s and women’s running open divisions, respectively. Three-time winner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Daniel Romanchuk, and 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon winner and Paralympic gold medalist, Susannah Scaroni won the wheelchair division races for the second year in a row. Steven Bugarin claimed victory in the non-binary competition.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to bring the Bank of America Chicago 13.1 back to the West Side for the second year,” said Carey Pinkowski, Executive Race Director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Shamrock Shuffle and Chicago 13.1. “This event is made possible by the support of the community, which has been an invaluable resource as we planned the 2023 race. We hope that with our continued partnership with those who live, work, and run on the West Side, we can grow the Chicago 13.1 to be as iconic as the parks and boulevards our participants had the chance to tour today.”
The men’s race started with a pack of eight running through the first 5K, but the pack narrowed to three by the 15K mark with Fischer, Connor Winter and local elite Colin Mickow moving into podium positions. Fischer maintained the lead through the finish, breaking the tape with a time of 1:03:02. Winter crossed the line in second in 1:03:39 and Mickow took third place in 1:04:32. The women’s race, saw exciting performances by Diane Nukuri and Joyline Chemutai who battled through the 15K. Nukuri pressed past Chemutai in the final miles to take the lead and the win in 1:15:25. Chemutai finished second in 1:15:59 and Caren Maiyo rounded out the top three in 1:17:48.
For the second year in row, the men’s wheelchair competition included an extremely close finish between Romanchuk and Aaron Pike. Romanchuk edged out Pike at the line finishing in 43:54, two seconds ahead of Pike, who crossed the line in 43.56. Brian Siemann finished third in 47:58. Scaroni dominated the women’s field putting her competition behind her early and crossed the line first in 48:22. There was a tight finish for second and third place with Jenna Fesemyer finishing second in 51:25 and Yen Hoang taking third in 51:26.
Steven Bugarin took the title in the non-binary competition, clocking in at 1:18:31. Caleb-Michael Files and Juan Martinez took second and third, finishing in 1:34:37 and 1:34:54, respectively.
Full results from the 2023 event are available at chicago13point1.com.
The 3rd annual Bank of America Chicago 13.1 will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2024. More information about the 2024 race will be available this fall at chicago13point1.com.
The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 offers runner a unique experience, bringing a world-class half marathon to the neighborhoods of Chicago’s West Side. The third annual event will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2024. The event brings a new kind of racing experience to the Chicago running community featuring a mix of fitness and lifestyle activations designed to inspire runners to connect with the communities where we live, work and run. A two-day packet pick-up will be held on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8. The weekend celebrations will culminate with the half marathon on Sunday, June 9. For more information about the event and how to get involved, go to chicago13point1.com.
Alex Sawyer, Bank of America Chicago 13.1
Diane Wagner, Bank of America