CHICAGO (WLS) — The 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been canceled as a result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic, occasion organizers introduced Monday.Runners registered for the October 11 race can have the choice to obtain a refund for his or her race entry or defer their place and entry payment to a future marathon in 2021, 2022, or 2023, organizers mentioned in a press launch.”The Chicago Marathon is our metropolis’s beloved annual celebration of greater than 45,000 runners, in addition to tens of 1000’s of volunteers, spectators and metropolis residents, all of whom come collectively race weekend as one group right here in our metropolis,” mentioned Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “Like all Chicagoans, I am personally upset that this yr’s occasion will not happen as initially deliberate, nevertheless, we look ahead to welcoming all runners and their cheering squads as soon as once more when the Chicago Marathon returns to our metropolis in full power for an additional very thrilling race.Race organizers mentioned they determined together with the town to cancel all race weekend festivities “out of concern for the security of occasion individuals, volunteers, occasion employees and spectators.””Hope drives us as runners and as people. My hope was to see everybody on the beginning line on Sunday, October 11, however our highest precedence has at all times been the security of our individuals and our volunteers,” mentioned Carey Pinkowski, govt race director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. “We perceive the frustration, however once we return to the streets of Chicago, it will likely be a celebratory second and an uncompromising assertion in regards to the collective spirit of who we’re as a operating group: we’re highly effective, we’re persistent, and we’ll attain the end line once more.”Race organizers mentioned they anticipate the refund course of to take a number of weeks or months “as a result of complexities of cancelling the occasion and the anticipated amount of refunds.” Contributors will likely be notified through e mail when the refund course of has began.Marathon organizers mentioned they’re engaged on a “digital expertise” to acknowledge this yr’s runners and can extra data at a later date.For extra data on 2020 Chicago Marathon refunds and solutions to ceaselessly requested questions, go to chicagomarathon.com. Copyright © 2020 WLS-TV. All Rights Reserved.