Chicago Marathon organisers have made it a must for participants at the 43rd edition to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test to be able to participate at the event on 10, October 21.
The 2021 Chicago Marathon, which was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has made the organizers to publish new updated COVID-19 guidelines.
Around 35,000 people have registered for the 2021 Chicago Marathon, which was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Registered participants are required to provide proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination series or a negative COVID-19 test result to participate in the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon,” organisers said.
“Registered participants who are not fully vaccinated are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result for a test administered within 72 hours of attending the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
“The event defines ‘fully vaccinated’ as individuals who are two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
“Proof of vaccination (hard copy, photocopy or digital version of an immunization record) or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of attending the event is required for entrance to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo.
“Individuals unable to prove full vaccination or negative test will be barred from entering the Health and Fitness Expo and unable to pick up the necessary race materials that allow for participation in the event.”
Organisers say RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, lateral flow, and rapid antigen tests are approved.
Attendees will be required to wear face coverings while at indoor event venues, while participants are encouraged to wear face coverings in Grant Park prior to starting the race.
World Marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich, who dropped out of the Olympic marathon at around 30 km, will make her Chicago Marathon debut. Sarah Hall ousted Chepngetich in a sprint for second place at the 2020 London Marathon, but all eyes will be on their rematch. Chepngetich is the only East African runner in an elite field that’s deep with American talent.
Other top notch elites on the list include Getaneh Molla and Seifu Tura from Ethiopia, Keira D’Amato (USA), and Emma Bates (USA).