The Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2018 will re-introduce pacers, called “rabbits,” into the elite competition after breaking from the tradition for the past few years.
“The championship style of racing that spectators enjoy will continue as the race enters its final miles,” said Executive Race Director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Carey Pinkowski. ”The epic 2010 duel between the late Wanjiru and Tsegaye Kebede, arguably one of the greatest finishes in marathon history, underscores the importance of the tactics that still exist and flourish in paced races.”
Pinkowski and event organizers decided to transition back to pacers to leverage the speed of the course, to work towards setting up ideal conditions for the top tier elite athletes confirmed so far, and to respond to feedback received from runners.
“We listened to the athletes and they want to come to Chicago because of our tradition of fast times and our legacy as a world record course,” continued Pinkowski. ”If athletes want to run in races without pacers, there are several opportunities for them to do so.”
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