Despite the tragic bombings that inflicted the Boston Marathon this year, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will still go on this fall as planned, NBCChicago.com reports.
Directors of the Chicago Marathon say they are ready to address security concerns head on. They offer their full support to the Boston Athletic Association and the City of Boston as they work through the horrible events that took place.
The Chicago Marathon kicks off on Sunday, October 18, and will facilitate more than 37,000 runners and millions of spectators. Participants this year will come from more than 100 countries and all 50 states. There will be a total of 7,777 international runners, according to ChicagoMarathon.com
The course is 27 miles and starts in Grant Park at Columbus Dr. and Monroe Dr. The route travels north on Columbus to Grand Ave., west on Grand to State St., south on State St. to Jackson Blvd. and loops all the way around on Halsted and back to Michigan to the finish line.
This year 10,000 participants are running on behalf of 190 charity partners. Last October the Chicago Marathon set a record when charity runners raised $13.4 million. Since 2002, Chicago Marathon runners have raised more than $85 million benefitting local, national and international charities.
The Chicago Marathon has come out with a public safety alert system that everyone is encouraged to become familiarized with:
Participants and spectators can refer to the website, which will have updated information on the current alert system status, but there will also be public address announcements and color-coated flags at the start and finish lines and all along the course on race day.
Now posted on the marathon’s website is a special message from executive race director, Carey Pinkowski:
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with our colleagues at the Boston Marathon, and with the spectators, participants, volunteers and loved ones who were affected by Monday’s tragic events.”
“We want to reassure those registered for the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and the family members, friends and volunteers who plan to support them, that we are in constant communication with the City of Chicago, the Office of Emergency Management and Communication, the Chicago Police and Fire Departments regarding the security plan that is implemented at the Chicago Marathon. As our top priority, we work in lockstep with these agencies to ensure the safest possible event for everyone involved.”