Full steam ahead for downsized Chicago marathon, organizer says

file image of Chicago Marathon from 2019
Brigid Kosgei of Kenya poses for a photo after breaking the world record to win the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo credit Getty Images

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Chicago Marathon is just over a month away, and plans are moving ahead to hold the massive event as safely as possible amid a resurgence of coronavirus.

Organizers have had to deal with extreme heat in 2007 and heightened security following the Boston Marathon bombing. So, Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski on Wednesday said his team is familiar with making last-minute adjustments.

He said they're in constant contact with local and state health officials, and the number of runners has been capped at 35,000 compared to 46,000 in 2019, the last time the marathon was held.

“We’re going to have to be a little bit careful. We’re going to have to spread out a little bit this year, but this is going to be, I think, probably the most significant event we’ve had in the 43-year history of the event,” Pinkowski said.

Runners and walkers will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test 72 hours before race day Oct. 10.