Bank of America announced today the long-awaited debut of the Bank of America Chicago 13.1. The city’s newest half marathon, one of the most popular race distances in the United States, will kick off on Sunday, June 7, 2020, bringing a world-class race and three-day health and wellness festival to Chicago’s west side. The inaugural event deepens Bank of America’s premier racing portfolio, which includes the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
“I’ve watched Chicago running transform over the past 30 years, and one of the questions I get asked most frequently is ‘when are you going to put on a half marathon,’” said Carey Pinkowsi, Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director. “The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 is a continuation of the legacy we started with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle. We are excited to start our next chapter by bringing a world-class half marathon to our city, and to further our mission to grow the sport and welcome new runners.”
Registration for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago 13.1 and 41st annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle will open at 10 a.m. (Central Time) on Monday, October 7, 2019. The registration fee for the Chicago 13.1 and Shamrock Shuffle will start at $95 and $39, respectively. Registration for the 2020 Chicago Marathon will be announced at a later date.
“The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 has been years in the making and highlights Bank of America’s continued commitment to the Chicago community,” said Paul Lambert, Chicago market president, Bank of America. “We’re excited to debut our newest distance event that will take runners on a tour of the city’s west side, highlighting the dynamic neighborhoods and diversity that make our city one of the best in the world.”
In its 42nd year on Sunday, October 13, 2019, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon welcomes thousands of runners from more than 100 countries and all 50 states, including a world-class elite field, top regional and Masters runners, race veterans, debut marathoners and charity runners. The race’s iconic course takes runners through 29 vibrant neighborhoods on an architectural and cultural tour of Chicago. Annually, an estimated 1.7 million spectators line the streets cheering on more than 45,000 runners from the start line to the final stretch down Columbus Drive. As a result of the race’s national and international draw, the Chicago Marathon assists in raising millions of dollars for a variety of charitable causes while generating $378 million in annual economic impact to its host city. The 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, a member of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, will start and finish in Grant Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 13. In advance of the race, a two-day Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center on Friday, October 11, and Saturday, October 12. For more information about the event and how to get involved, go to chicagomarathon.com.
The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 will offer runners a unique Chicago experience, bringing a world-class half marathon to the neighborhoods of Chicago’s west side. The inaugural event will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2020. The event will debut a new kind of racing experience to the Chicago running community, introducing a festival (Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7) featuring a mix of fitness and lifestyle activities designed to inspire runners to connect with and improve the communities where we live, work and run. The weekend celebrations will culminate with the half marathon on Sunday, June 7. For more information about the event and how to get involved, go to chicago13point1.com.
Long recognized as an annual rite of spring, a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and the kickoff to the outdoor running season in Chicago, the 41st annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle treats runners to a scenic 8K run through downtown Chicago and a two-mile walk along Chicago’s lakefront. The 8K run will kick off at 8:30 a.m., followed by the two-mile walk at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 22. Following the race, runners can enjoy live music at the Post-Race Party in Grant Park. The two-day packet pickup will take place at McCormick Place on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21. In addition to attending packet pick-up, runners are encouraged to join The Mile on Saturday, March 21. For more information about the event and how to get involved, go to shamrockshuffle.com.
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Alex Sawyer, Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Diane Wagner, Bank of America