Chicago Marathon Missing Finisher Medals

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 9, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM UTC
Over 1,000 medals like these turned up missing in Chicago last weekend. Photo: Run

Over 1,300 runners came up empty handed at the end.

According to a report from a Chicago-area ABC news station, an internal investigation is underway to determine how the organizers of the Chicago Marathon lost over one-thousand finishing medals.

The race was held last Sunday.

Apparently, the staff ordered enough medals to hand out one to every runner who finished faster than six hours and thirty minutes.

Missing race items is a recurring theme this year as officials also didn’t have enough race shirts to hand out to the 45,000 runners who signed up  and paid for the race.

“As part of our efforts to understand how this occurred, we confirmed that we did purchase more than enough medals,” said a race official. “Knowing this, we are looking into the reasons why we did not have enough medals at the finish line. This includes interviewing staff and volunteers at the finish line, checking inventory delivered into Grant Park, talking to security and more.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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