BOSTON (AP) — Next year’s Boston Marathon has also been postponed.
The Boston Athletic Association said Wednesday that it won’t hold the race as scheduled in April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers say it will be put off “at least until the fall of 2021.”
Tom Grilk stated, “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.”
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 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.
“Doing my own virtual marathon was awesome but I think that I’m just ready to get on Boston’s course so I think that a little disappointing but I’m really hoping it still happens,” said Jackie Brennan, a Boston Marathon runner.
So this means, runners like Brennan have to wait even longer to run 26.2 from Hopkinton to Boston.
“I’m excited to just eventually run it because that’s the goal for me,” said Brennan. “I think I’ve only ever really set my sights on Boston.”
The BAA has yet to select a new date for the race, officials said they plan to make a decision by the end of the year.