NOTE: NBC 5 will offer complete live coverage of the 2019 race beginning at 7 a.m. CT online and on TV. The race can be streamed live on the NBC Chicago app, which will also offer a live stream of the finish line from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more.
Who needs a rose when you can have a medal?
Runners hitting the streets for the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon might recognize a few faces on the course. That’s because four former ‘Bachelorette’ contestants will be racing for the finish.
Tyler Cameron, Diggy Moreland, Dustin Kendrick and Matteo Valles have all signed on to run 26.2 miles in the Windy City.
Cameron has been at the center of recent headlines related to his purported relationship, or potential split from, supermodel Gigi Hadid but said in a recent interview he’s focusing on himself.
Cameron told GQ in a recent interview that he joined the Chicago race after a Nike Run coach challenged him. He added he’s hoping to run it in under four hours.
Moreland, who is based in Chicago, announced in August that he was “coming out of retirement” for the 2019 race.
“I swore after I crossed the finish line in 2018, I'd never run another marathon again. And honestly, if you've seen my legs in person, you know it's in my best interest not to,” he wrote. “But like Jordan leaving baseball, I'm coming out of retirement and better prepared to run the 2019 Chicago Marathon.”
Kendrick, also in Chicago, has been counting down to the race on his social media.
“Being someone that hated running I would have never pictured myself running a marathon,” he wrote. “Oh how things have changed.”
Valles, who lives in Atlanta, decided to parody Forest Gump to explain why he chose to run the marathon.
“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run,” he says in the video. “So I ran to the end of the road and when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I’ve run this far, might as well run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. And that’s what I’m going to do.”
The 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon steps off Sunday in the city’s Grant Park.