By Anye Nde Nsoh
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
The 2020 Boston marathon has been cancelled for the first time as a result of the persistence of the coronavirus pandemic. This information was made known by Mayor Marty Walsh in a news conference on Thursday, May 28, 2020.
The most prestigious race on the continent has always been in action since 1897, even in periods of domestic tension, snow, rainstorms and wars. But the persistence of this virus has caused the 124th edition to be cancelled and will be running as a virtual race from September 7-14.
According to Mayor Walsh, social distancing has to be maintained.
“There’s no way to hold this usual race format without bringing large numbers of people into close proximity.”
“While our goal and our hope are to make progress in containing the virus and recovering our economy, this kind of event would not be responsible or realistic on September 14 or any time this year.” Walsh said on Twitter.
The race was initially postponed from April 20 to September 14.
Registered participants will be refunded the entry fee because the race has been replaced by virtual race from September 7-14. Athletes will run on their own covering a distance of 26.2 miles within six hours. Winners will have T-shirts, medals and runner’s bibs.
It is “a difficult adjustment but meeting tough challenges is what the Boston Marathon is all about.”said Walsh.
The USA has recorded 1,758,422 with 378,566 recovered cases and 102,917 deaths.
The Boston Marathon 26.2 miles, is run from the town of Hopkinton to downtown Boston on the 3rd Monday in April (Patriot’s Day) each year to the finish line near Newbury Street. This nationally televised event draws hundreds of thousands of spectators to cheer on runners from all over the world.
To qualify to run the Boston Marathon, entrants must run a qualifying time at a certified marathon. Qualifying times are determined by your age on the date of the Boston Marathon in which you will be participating.
All participants must adhere to the guidelines set forth by the B.A.A., USATF or foreign equivalent, Wheelchair Athletics, USA, and the International Stoke-Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation and must meet the standards for eligibility as outlined by these organizations. Qualifying times must be met in competitions observing these same rules. All times are subject to verification. Participants must be from 18 years.
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