The B.A.A has announced the Boston Marathon won’t take place in April 2021.
Well folks, it looks like the Boston Marathon won’t be back for Patriots’ Day next year either. The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A) announced earlier on Wednesday, October 28, the 125th Boston Marathon would not be held in April of next year.
The marathon, popularly held on the third Monday of April for Patriots’ Day, will be postponed to the fall of 2021 due to growing coronavirus concerns.
“With fewer than six months until Patriots’ Day and with road races prohibited until Phase 4 of the Massachusetts reopening plan, we are unable to host the Boston Marathon this coming April,” said Tom Grilk, C.E.O. of the B.A.A. in a statement.
“By shifting our focus to a fall date, we can continue to work with stakeholders to adjust the in-person experience for runners and supporters alike. Prioritizing the safety of participants, volunteers, spectators, and community members, we continue to assess all elements of the race including a potential reduced field size or weekend date.”
Organizers have been working with city, and state officials and members of its COVID-19 Medical & Event Operations Advisory Group to determine how and if the marathon will be held but an official date is yet to be announced.
We are optimistic that the Boston Marathon will continue its tradition of celebrating the spirit of community and athletic excellence next fall. We know there will be many questions and we will look to address them in the coming months ahead,” Grilk said.
This year’s marathon, originally scheduled for April 20, was held as a ten-day Virtual Experience after being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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