New Bedford half marathon cancelled

Today the City of New Bedford and the New Bedford Half Marathon Committee announced that this weekend's 2020 half marathon scheduled for Sunday, March, 15, has been cancelled.
People Running Marathon On City Street
People running in city street marathon on asphalt road. Runners jogging, sport and exercising, race and competition

NEW BEDFORD, M.A. (WLNE) – Today the City of New Bedford and the New Bedford Half Marathon Committee announced that this weekend’s 2020 half marathon scheduled for Sunday, March, 15, has been cancelled.

The decision was made to ensure the health and safety of all participants and residents.

There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Greater New Bedford area and the risk level remains low. Given that risk remains low, a unique event such as this one poses a great risk than other public gatherings.

This race attracts as many as 3,000 runners, including many from places where COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said, “This decision is not made lightly. The New Bedford Half Marathon is one of the oldest and most popular half marathons in the country. While no other public events in New Bedford have been cancelled, decisions regarding future public events in the city will be based on the overall risk level and the nature of the event. I wish to thank all of the volunteers who have worked hard to organize the race and I ask for their understanding, along with those local businesses that benefit from the race, that this decision is made to protect the  public.”

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