Coronavirus pandemic-delayed Boston Marathon discipline set for 20,000, announce organisers

Coronavirus pandemic-delayed Boston Marathon discipline set for 20,000, announce organisers

Greater than 30,000 runners had signed up for the 2020 race, which was first postponed after which cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus pandemic-delayed Boston Marathon field set for 20,000, announce organisers

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Boston: The pandemic-delayed 2021 Boston Marathon could have house for 20,000 entrants, race organisers introduced Monday.

The Boston Athletic Affiliation stated the smaller discipline was mandatory to permit for social distancing throughout the 11 October occasion — particularly in the beginning and end. Greater than 30,000 runners had signed up for the 2020 race, which was first postponed after which cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Along with a smaller discipline than in earlier years, we could have important extra protocols in place to make sure participant and public well being,” BAA President Tom Grilk stated. “We’re dedicated to creating the oldest annual marathon on the planet as protected as attainable in October.”

First run in 1897, the Boston Marathon was cancelled final yr for the primary time in its historical past. As a substitute, nearly 16,000 folks ran in a digital race, finishing the 26.2-mile distance on their very own over a 10-day interval.

Along with the in-person race, the BAA will maintain a digital Boston Marathon from 8-10 October that can enable as much as 70,000 extra entrants to earn a finisher’s medal remotely.

Registration for the in-person race can be from 20-23 April.

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