Boston Marathon postponed until at least fall 2021 because of pandemic

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – APRIL 20: A detail of the Boston Marathon finish line on April 20, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the race was rescheduled to September 14, 2020 instead of being run on April 20, Patriot’s Day. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

BOSTON (NewsNation Now) — The legendary Boston Marathon has been postponed until at least fall 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Boston Athletic Association said Wednesday.

The B.A.A. says it is working with government officials and others involved in the race to see if a fall 2021 date is feasible. Organizers say they are hoping to announce a date for an in-person race before the end of this year.

“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. “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.”

This year’s marathon was initially postponed until the fall and later canceled outright. It was to be the 124th edition of the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual 26.2-mile race.

The marathon is traditionally held on the third Monday in April.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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