10,000 Runners Get Ready to Reimagine the Run in Chicago’s West Side Half Marathon

CHICAGO – The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 returns to the historic parks and boulevards of the city’s West Side on Sunday, June 9. The third annual race builds on the vision to reimagine what running can be in Chicago, offering a weekend of health and wellness-based activities for event participants and community members.

The one-of-a-kind event starts and finishes in Garfield Park with scenic loops through Douglass and Humboldt Parks. Leading this year’s sold-out 10,000-person participant field, are three of the four 2023 champions, with Reed Fischer, Diane Nukuri and Daniel Romanchuk all looking to defend their titles in the professional races.

Reed Fischer broke the tape at last year’s half marathon in 1:03:02. Throughout his career, he has logged top ten finishes at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and TCS New York City Marathons. This year, he placed ninth at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the marathon and took fifth at the United Airlines NYC Half. He will face competition from last year’s Chicago 13.1 runner-up, Connor Winter, along with 2023 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle champion Zach Panning, 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials marathon champion Jake Riley, 2023 USATF Half Marathon champion Jacob Thomson, 2024 Houston Marathon champion and United Airlines NYC Half runner-up Zouhair Talbi and 2023 Chicago 13.1 fourth place finisher David Bett.

Diane Nukuri will take on the Bank of America Chicago 13.1 for the third time, following up her fourth-place finish in the 2022 inaugural event with a win last year in 1:15:25. Nukuri is a three-time Olympian and has finished in the top 10 at the London, Boston, New York and Chicago Marathons. 2023 Chicago 13.1 runner-up Joyline Chemutai will also compete in this year’s event, as will 2023 Chicago 13.1 fourth place finisher Flannery Davis-Love and 2024 Osaka Half Marathon third place finisher Mao Kiyota.

Click here to view the 2024 Bank of America Chicago 13.1 professional field roster.

The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 will also feature a Race Day Festival. The free outdoor celebration located in Garfield Park, will kick off at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 9 and feature a mix of entertainment, health and wellness activities and community activations.

In addition to Sunday’s festivities, event organizers will host a free Wellness Walk and youth events for community members on Saturday, June 8. The events, developed in collaboration with West Side residents, include a 1.31-Mile Wellness Walk and a variety of youth races.

The race will also host a two-day Packet Pick-up for Sunday’s 13.1-mile race on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8 at the Roosevelt Collection in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood for half marathon participants.

For ease and to assist in the race’s sustainable efforts, runners and spectators are encouraged to take public transportation throughout race weekend. For more information on public transportation click here and visit chicago13point1.com/streetclosures to view race day street closures.

WHAT: Bank of America Chicago 13.1

WHERE: Garfield Park – Start line media riser on Jackson Boulevard between Hamlin and Central Park Avenues.

WHEN: Sunday, June 9

6:50 a.m.: Wheelchair Division Race Start

7:00 a.m.: Open Division Race Start

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Race Day Festival in Garfield Park featuring entertainment, health and wellness activities and community activations

About the Bank of America Chicago 13.1

The Bank of America Chicago 13.1 will offer runners a unique experience, bringing a world-class half marathon to the neighborhoods of Chicago’s West Side. The third annual event will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2024. The event brings a new kind of racing experience to the Chicago running community featuring a mix of fitness and lifestyle activations designed to inspire runners to connect with the communities where we live, work and run. A two-day Packet Pick-up will be held at the Roosevelt Collection in Chicago’s South Loop on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8. The weekend celebrations will culminate with the half marathon on Sunday, June 9. For more information about the event and how to get involved, go to chicago13point1.com.