Boston: The Boston Marathon has been cancelled for the first time in its 124-year history due to novel coronavirus. The Marathon is now scheduled for April 19, 2021.
Organisers intend to hold a “virtual” marathon, with people running the 26.2 miles remotely.
The Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for 20 April, was initially postponed in March and rescheduled for 14 September. But as the severity of the pandemic grew it became clear that September was not realistic for a race that regularly brings hundreds of thousands of people together.
“While our goal and our hope is 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.
There have been more than 5.6 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide. On Wednesday, the United States reached a grim milestone of more than 100,000 deaths.