The 2022 Chicago Half Marathon was not actually a half marathon. This Is What Happened – NBC Chicago

As it turns out, runners didn’t actually run a half marathon during last weekend’s HOKA Chicago Half Marathon.

Several runners started pointing out that their odometers were rather short of the 13.1 miles to complete a half marathon, yet they ran from the start line to the finish line.

“Everyone on my Strava got 12.64 miles. [Were] things a little short today?” commented one runner on the event’s Instagram page.

Other runners began answering the message, recognizing similar distances.

The organizers replied by saying that the runners were in fact right – the race was not 13.1 miles.

“A required, last-minute change of course has been made due to unforeseen circumstances in conjunction with the City of Chicago,” a commentary from the event’s official account reads. “The impact of this change was a reduction in overall course distance. We apologize for any inconvenience caused as we have chosen to prioritize athlete safety.”

Several runners expressed frustration at the lack of notice about the distance change and others asked for a refund.

“You have chosen to leave athletes in the dark and hope no one notices. We paid for a half marathon and not for 12.65,” wrote one user.

Another user on TikTok wondered why runners didn’t hear anything.

“I think I can speak for a lot of people when I say this is very disappointing and I think we deserve some answers,” the user said in her video, which now has nearly 40,000 views.

@veronica.wb Outrageous!! #chicagohalfmarathon #hoka #lifetime #halfmarathon #running #endurance #chicago ♬ original sound – Veronica Wolf-Boyle

Race organizers did not immediately respond to NBC Chicago’s request for comment on the matter.

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