Developing a Data Visualization System for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Chicago, Illinois USA)

Taylor Hanken, Sam Young, Karen Smilowitz*, George Chiampas, David Waskowski

*Corresponding author for this work

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As one of the largest marathons worldwide, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon (BACCM; Chicago, Illinois USA) accumulates high volumes of data. Race organizers and engaged agencies need the ability to access specific data in real-time. This report details a data visualization system designed for the Chicago Marathon and establishes key principles for event management data visualization. The data visualization system allows for efficient data communication among the organizing agencies of Chicago endurance events. Agencies can observe the progress of the race throughout the day and obtain needed information, such as the number and location of runners on the course and current weather conditions. Implementation of the system can reduce time-consuming, face-to-face interactions between involved agencies by having key data streams in one location, streamlining communications with the purpose of improving race logistics, as well as medical preparedness and response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)572-577
Number of pages6
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016


  • data visualization
  • disaster preparedness
  • information systems
  • massparticipation events
  • situational awareness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency
  • Emergency Medicine


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