Both Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and world record holder Brigid Kosgei will lead the elite men’s and women’s race respectively at the 40th London Marathon on 4 October 2020.
The Elite races for wheelchair athletes will also take place as the race has been scaled down due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic which has been clenching its claws around the world.
In the new normal, mass events have to do without the inspiring cheers from spectators and require athletes to run in a secure and safe environment. Therefore in London, the runners will traverse in an enclosed looped course in St James’s Park in a secure biosphere and times recorded can be used for Olympic qualification.
Going with the change of times, the rest of the registered participants for the 40th edition will be able to run the 42km distance virtually, from anywhere in the world within 00:00 to 23:59 on Sunday 4 October. Their run or walk can be logged on a new London Marathon app which will be launched soon.
In 2021, the London Marathon will move from its usual April date to Sunday 3 October to give the best chance for the mass race to return in 2021.