The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 is set to step off this weekend, bringing thousands of runners to the city’s West Side, but whether you’re running, watching or just in the area, there are some things you’ll want to know.
When is the race?
The half marathon race is set to step off Sunday following a pandemic-induced two-year hiatus.
The race starts at 7 am and has a course time limit of 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Where is the Bank of America Chicago 13.1?
The half marathon starts and finishes in Garfield Park, the oldest park on the West Side. The course will take runners through Humboldt and Douglass Parks and on a tour of several neighborhoods that line the boulevards connected all three parks.
Can I still register?
The event will close its registration June 3, or when the race’s 8,000-person capacity is reached. Click here for more details.
When and where is packet pickup?
The two-day packet pickup for the event is set to take place Friday and Saturday in the lead-up to the race at the Roosevelt Collection (150 W. Roosevelt Road). in Chicago’s South Loop.
The Friday pickup hours will be 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday’s event will run from 9 am to 4 pm
How can I watch the finish line live?
NBC Chicago will offer live coverage of the race beginning at 6:45 am and continuing through 10:30 am, with a live feed of the finish line starting when the first runners cross. Watch live in the player above.
Will street closures be in effect for race day?
No Parking zones along the course will be enforced beginning at 1 am Street closures begin later that morning, and will occur between 6:30 am and 10:30 am
According to a press release, City streets will re-open promptly as the final runners pass through (at a 15-minute mile pace).
Closed areas will include:
- Schraeder Drive to Central Park Avenue
- Central Park Avenue from Schraeder Drive to Franklin Boulevard
- Franklin Boulevard from Central Park Avenue to Homan Avenue
- Franklin Boulevard from Homan Avenue to Sacramento Boulevard
- Sacramento Boulevard from Franklin Boulevard to Augusta Boulevard
- Sacramento Boulevard from Augusta Boulevard to Luis Munoz Marin Drive
- Luis Munoz Marin Drive from Humboldt Drive to Humboldt Boulevard
- Luis Munoz Marin Drive from Humboldt Boulevard to Cortez Street
- Luis Munoz Marin Drive from Cortez Street to Sacramento Boulevard
- Sacramento Boulevard from Luiz Munoz Marin Drive to Franklin Boulevard
- Franklin Boulevard from Sacramento Boulevard to Central Park Avenue
- Central Park Avenue from Franklin Boulevard to Fulton Boulevard
- Central Park Avenue from Fulton Boulevard to Schraeder Drive
- Schraeder Drive from Central Park Avenue to Hamlin Avenue
- Hamlin Avenue from Schraeder Drive to Madison Street
- Madison Street from Hamlin Boulevard to Central Park Avenue
- Central Park Avenue from Jackson Boulevard to Polk Street
- Polk Street from Central Park Avenue to Independence Boulevard
- Independence Boulevard from Polk Street to Roosevelt Road
- Independence Boulevard from Roosevelt Road to Douglas Boulevard
- Douglas Boulevard from Independence Boulevard to Albany Avenue
- Sacramento Drive from Douglas Boulevard to Ogden Avenue
- Ogden Avenue from Sacramento Drive to Farrar Drive
- Farrar Drive from Ogden Avenue to Sacramento Drive
- Sacramento Drive from Farrar Drive to Douglas Blvd
- Douglas Boulevard from Sacramento Drive to Central Park Avenue
- Douglas Boulevard from Central Park Avenue to Independence Boulevard
- Independence Boulevard from Douglas Boulevard to Polk Street
- Polk Street from Independence Boulevard to Central Park Avenue
- Central Park Avenue from Polk Street to Lexington Street
- Central Park Avenue from Lexington Street to Madison Street
- Madison Street from Central Park Avenue to Hamlin Avenue
- Hamlin Avenue from Madison Street to Washington Boulevard
- Washington Blvd to Hamlin Ave
Vehicles that are parked along the closed streets will be ticketed and towed. Information about towed vehicles can be found at (312)744-4444. For more information about road closures, click here.
What else is there to do on race day?
In addition to the race, a free outdoor festival is slated to be held for both participants and community residents. The festival, also set to be held in Garfield Park, will open at 8 am and feature “a mix of entertainment, health and wellness activities and community activations,” organizers said.
There will also be a track and field clinic for youth athletic groups, put on by USA Track & Field.
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