The 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which will be held on Sunday, is gearing up for its victorious return after being postponed due to the global coronavirus pandemic last year.
Runners will take to the streets of Chicago for the first time in more than 700 days for the city’s most prestigious event.
While this year’s race will be a celebration of comebacks, the field will also include some exceptional competitors, such as 2021 world record holder Reuben Kipyego, Olympian Galen Rupp, Kenyan sensation Ruth Chepngetich, and Sara Hall, who is making a comeback in more ways than one by attempting to set a new course record.
In spite of the fact that most of the race will feel like a return to normalcy, bringing pride and inspiration to Chicago, the coronavirus outbreak will force organizers to make certain changes.
Vaccination or confirmation of a negative COVID test will be required, as will masking in specific places and more.
In addition to competing with one another, runners will have to cope with unseasonably warm weather on Sunday, which will make the course difficult.
Conditions will be dry and in the mid-to upper-60s when the race gets underway at 7 a.m., but temperatures will rise throughout the day.
Heat and humidity levels are expected to rise throughout the day, with highs in the mid-to-high-eighties. However, runners along the lakefront will enjoy slightly lower temperatures than the rest of the city.