Boston Marathon canceled; 124th race will be held virtually

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BOSTON (WLNE)– The 124th running of the Boston Marathon will be held as a virtual event, the Boston Athletic Association announced today.

Mayor Martin Walsh made the announcement canceling any in-person running of the event at a press briefing Thursday.

Originally scheduled for April 20, Walsh had postponed the marathon earlier that month to September 14.

The B.A.A. plans to offer a chance for runners to complete the marathon virtually, any time between September 7 and 14, the group said in a a statement. The group plans to offer panel discussions, interviews with past winners, and other remote events during the week.

“Our top priority continues to be safeguarding the health of the community, as well as our staff, participants, volunteers, spectators, and supporters,” said Tom Grilk, CEO. of the B.A.A. “While we cannot bring the world to Boston in September, we plan to bring Boston to the world for an historic 124th Boston Marathon.”

The association said more information would be sent to runners soon. Participants that had registered for the April 20 event will be offered a refund.

Runners “that complete the virtual race will receive an official Boston Marathon program, participant t-shirt, medal, and runner’s bib”, according to the statement. Runners would have to prove they completed the length of the marathon in under six hours to be eligible for the competition.

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