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Event rules

The event rules are intended to help produce and direct a large scale event, to ensure the safety of all participants, to meet the requirements of local government permits and to be compliant with applicable USA Track & Field (USATF) regulations for participant performance records and event liability.

View the Bank of America Chicago 13.1 event rules.


Event Alert System

A color-coded Event Alert System (EAS) will communicate the status of course conditions to participants leading up to and on race day. The levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) based primarily on the weather, as well as other conditions.

Email and website communications race week will inform participants of the current Event Alert System status and provide preparation tips based on advance weather forecasts.

All participants should familiarize themselves with the Event Alert System prior to the race, remain alert for directions from race officials and announcers and take precautions to prepare properly for varying weather conditions on race day.

Event Alert System table:

ALERT LEVEL EVENT CONDITIONS RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
Extreme EAS Level Icon EVENT CANCELLED/ EXTREME AND DANGEROUS CONDITIONS PARTICIPATION STOPPED/ FOLLOW EVENT OFFICIAL INSTRUCTION
High EAS Level Icon POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS SLOW DOWN/ OBSERVE COURSE/ FOLLOW EVENT OFFICIAL INSTRUCTION/ CONSIDER STOPPING
Moderate EAS Level Icon LESS THAN IDEAL CONDITIONS SLOW DOWN/ BE PREPARED FOR WORSENING CONDITIONS
Low EAS Level Icon GOOD CONDITIONS ENJOY THE EVENT/ BE ALERT

 


Public safety message

Please join us in being vigilant of your surroundings during the Bank of America Chicago 13.1. If you see a suspicious person, object or vehicle along or near the race course, report the sighting to 9-1-1 or to law enforcement personnel.

Do not store, hide or leave any personal items, backpacks, packages or clothes along or near the race course, including the start and finish line areas. Use designated Gear Check areas to check your personal belongings, or leave your personal items with a friend or family member.

Thank you for helping to keep yourself and those around you safe.


Prohibited items

Participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators may be subject to random security screenings prior to entering the event site. Items deemed to be dangerous or inappropriate will be confiscated or denied access at the sole discretion of security personnel.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:*

  • Large bags (backpacks, suitcases and rolling bags)
  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Costumes covering the face
  • Any non-forming bulky outfits extending beyond the perimeter of the body, props and non-running equipment, including flagpoles and sticks
  • Bicycles
  • Pets/animals (except for service animals)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Illegal substances
  • Chairs
  • Weapons
  • Remote controlled aircrafts and drones

*Subject to change


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