Even the world’s major marathons have not been spared by the COVID-19 pandemic still spreading aggressively throughout the world.
The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced that registration for the 2021 Boston Marathon has been postponed and will not take place in September.
“September is usually a time for the B.A.A. to begin opening registration for April’s Boston Marathon and planning for an already established field size. We know, however, that we cannot open registration until we have a better understanding of where the virus may be in the spring.” said Tom Grilk, C.E.O. of the Boston Athletic Association.
The 2020 Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 20, was initiallypostponed to September 14 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, this 124th Boston Marathon will be run as a virtual experience from September 5–14. Nearly 18,000 participants from 100 countries have registered, and will have ten days to cover 42.195km (26.2-miles) in one continuous run to earn their medal and be recognised as a Boston Marathon finisher.
London Marathon goes virtual and sells out 45,000 slots
A few days earlier, general entries to the first virtual Virgin Money London Marathon have sold out with 45,000 places taken up for this unique version of the world’s greatest marathon.
The 20,000 general entries were snapped up by runners from 81 different countries consisting of 51 per cent women and 49 per cent men. Outside of he UK, the biggest number of entries came from Australia, Hong Kong and the USA. Participants will be tracked via a new app which is being developed for the race.