Just because the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is virtual this year doesn't mean the world-class running event isn't celebrating race week alongside its participants.
Chicago Marathon race week kicked off Monday with the Abbott Health & Fitness Virtual Expo, featuring the latest in running tech and gear. An annual highlight of Chicago's marathon, the health and fitness expo has been transformed into a virtual experience that lets visitors interact with event sponsors through video chat and ask question.
The Abbott Health & Fitness Virtual Expo is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday, Oct. 5, to Sunday, Oct. 11 and can be accessed by clicking here.
Check out the schedule for guest appearances and special programming.
Are you thinking about running with the Chicago Marathon this year? The marathon's 2020 Virtual Experience makes it possible for runners to sign up for a distance ranging from a mile to a half marathon, all while being part of the Chicago racing event.
Registration is free, and distances include a mile, 5K, 8K and a half marathon.
Here's how to sign up: Click on this link to view a menu of distances to choose from, then pick your race and enter your information.
Once you sign up, check your inbox for an email with info about the race and different ways to participate.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon Virtual Experience starts on Monday, Oct. 5, and ends on Sunday, Oct. 11, the date that would have been the 43rd running of this year's race, which was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Those who registered for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon "will have the exclusive opportunity to run the marathon distance as a part of the Virtual Experience," while anyone can participate in the shorter races.
"We're inviting everyone to run with us in their own communities and celebrate their achievement virtually with the global running community," Chicago Marathon organizers said in a statement. "Shorter distances from the mile to the half marathon will be available for novice runners to veteran marathoners to take part in a new kind of running experience."
The Virtual Experience also offers ways to "cheer on runners virtually, support event charity partners and share stories that highlight the individuals and communities that make the Chicago Marathon the people’s race."
Learn more at chicagomarathon.com.