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Course & amenities

Get out of the Loop and tackle 13.1 miles through the parks and boulevards of Chicago’s west side! The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 course will weave through vibrant and culturally diverse neighborhoods, starting and finishing in Union Park.

The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 course map will be available in the coming months.


Aid stations

Aid stations are located along the course approximately one to two miles apart. Each aid station consists of the following amenities in this order:

  • Medical Tent with access to a Runner Transport vehicle*
  • Toilet facilities
  • Sports drink
  • Water

*Runner Transport vehicles provide non-emergency transportation back to the start and finish area in the event that a runner is unable to complete the race.


Medical support

Medical support is available at all on-course aid stations. Medical tents are indicated by tall, red, blade signs with the medical icon. Each medical tent is staffed by a team of medical professionals, is equipped with emergency and first aid supplies and has access to ambulance service.

A Medical Tent and Ice Station is located directly beyond the finish line. For the safety of all participants, only those requiring medical assistance may access the medical facilities.


Course time limit

The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 has a course time limit of 3 hours and 15 minutes (h:mm:ss/3:15:59). After this time, the course will re-open to vehicular traffic. You must maintain a 15-minute per mile pace (approximately) or faster, completing the full race distance (13.1 miles)—start line to finish line—within the event time requirement. Those who finish outside of the time limit will not be recorded as official finishers and may not receive full on-course support from aid stations and traffic safety personnel.


Timing checkpoints and mile markers

Timing checkpoints and mile markers will be positioned at the start line, throughout the course and at the finish line. Your event timing device, attached to the back of your event bib number, will register your time at each timing checkpoint. Digital clocks at the finish line will display the elapsed race time, which begins with the start of the race (6:30 a.m.). Your individual race time may differ depending on when you cross the official start line.


Prohibited devices on course

Wheeled devices are not permitted on the Bank of America Chicago 13.1 course by anyone other than a registered and authorized wheelchair and duo team participants. Prohibited wheeled devices include non-registered wheelchairs and handcycles, baby joggers, strollers, skateboards, rollerblades and bicycles.

The use of selfie-sticks, camera mounts, video devices, computers or any similar devices by anyone while participating in the event is prohibited.

Music devices with headphones are permitted for use on the course; however, participants must be alert to their surroundings at all times and must pay attention to important announcements made throughout the day. Music devices with headphones are not permitted for use by athletes participating in the elite field.

Additional prohibited items on the course route include, but are not limited to: large bags (backpacks, suitcases and rolling bags), hard-sided coolers, props and non-running equipment, including flagpoles and sticks, pets/animals (except service animals that are trained to perform specific work or tasks for a person with a disability), alcoholic beverages, illegal substances, chairs, weapons, remote controlled aircrafts and drones.

Please note, any items deemed to be dangerous or inappropriate will be confiscated at the sole discretion of security personnel.


Street closures

For residents who live along the Bank of America Chicago 13.1 course, please be aware that street closures will take place on race day. In addition, no parking zones along the course will be enforced in the early morning hours.

Street closure information will be available in advance of the 2020 event. Complete the form below to receive information as soon as it becomes available.

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