Boston Marathon canceled for 1st time

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Boston Marathon organizers announced Thursday that they were canceling the race for the first time in its 124-year history.

The event is normally held on Patriots’ Day in April, but it was postponed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Boston Athletic Association originally wanted to reschedule the Marathon, and hold it on Sept. 14, but changed plans due to the possibility that a second wave of COVID-19 cases could make the new date untenable.

“The concern of a second surge made me have some real reservations about can we have the marathon or not,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday.

BAA CEO Tom Grilk said the organization plans to refund registered participants’ entry fees, and invite runners to compete in a virtual 26.2-mile race in September.

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