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2020 Boston Marathon Canceled, Turned into Virtual Event

The Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 13, 2020 before being postponed to Sept 14, 2020 due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic, has now been canceled according to Boston mayor Marty Walsh and race organizers.

“There’s no way to hold the usual race format without bringing large numbers of people into close proximity,” Walsh said in an announcement.

“While our goal and our hope was to make progress and contain the virus in recovering our economy, this kind of event would not be responsible or realistic on September 14 or anytime this year.”

The race will be run virtually this year with runners covering the 26.2 mile distance during Sept 7-14 from wherever they reside.

All participants who were originally registered for the April 20, 2020 event will be offered a full refund of their entry fee associated with the race and will have the opportunity to participate in the virtual alternative to the 124th Boston Marathon, which can be run any time between September 7–14. The B.A.A. will also offer a series of virtual events and activities throughout September’s Marathon Week in an effort to bring the Boston Marathon experience to the constituencies that the organization serves here in Boston, across the United States, and around the world.

More details at BostonMarathon.org

Although not a surprising call due to the covid-19 outbreak, it is still upsetting to many in the racing community, especially those that were heading to Boston for their first Boston Marathon.

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