Bermuda runners looking to compete in the Chicago Marathon are being informed that organizers have required participants to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test to run at the event on October 10th.
Organizers confirmed the move as part of updated COVID-19 guidelines published for the annual event.
Around 35,000 people have registered for the 2021 Chicago Marathon, which was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Registered participants are required to provide proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination series or a negative COVID-19 test result to participate in the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon," organizers said.
"Registered participants who are not fully vaccinated are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result for a test administered within 72 hours of attending the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
"The event defines 'fully vaccinated' as individuals who are two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
"Proof of vaccination (hard copy, photocopy, or digital version of an immunization record) or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of attending the event is required for entrance to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo.
"Individuals unable to prove full vaccination or negative test will be barred from entering the Health and Fitness Expo and unable to pick up the necessary race materials that allow for participation in the event."
Organizers say RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, lateral flow, and rapid antigen tests are approved.
Attendees will be required to wear face coverings while at indoor event venues, while participants are encouraged to wear face coverings in Grant Park prior to starting the race.