Runners Defy Warning, Runs Boston Marathon Route
At least one person was running the Boston Marathon route early Monday morning despite state and municipal officials’ guidance against doing so due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, news outlets reported.
Tens and thousands of people were supposed to participate in the race scheduled for 20 April 2020. In mid-March, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced the postponement to 14 September 2020, first time in the race’s history since it began more than 100 years ago.
The Boston mayor told the public that postponing the race instead of cancelling it would help the regional economy avoid losing around $211 million. He also noted that charities earn roughly $40 million from the event.
Walsh as well as Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), the principal organiser of the race, have all urged people not to run the marathon Monday. There are no safety officials or barricades present, according to Walsh.
Despite the official’s advisory, one person started running the course at its beginning in Hopkinton on Monday, WCVB reported.
“We want people to be safe and smart about it,”Walsh said at a press conference in March.
All runners who were registered to run this year’s marathon will be automatically entered in the postponed race in September. If a person is unable to attend, they are eligible for a refund for their entry fees.
Original Author: Jackson Cote of masslive.com
Article Syndicated from masslive.com