Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston Athletic Association cancels 2020 Boston Marathon

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The 2020 Boston Marathon, which was originally pushed from the third Monday in April to September 14 back in March, has officially been canceled, Boston mayor Marty Walsh announced on Thursday.

“The traditional one-day running of the 124th Boston Marathon is not feasible this year for public health reasons,” Walsh, who worked with the Boston Athletic Association to make this decision, said. “There’s no way to hold this usual race format without bringing large numbers of people into close proximity. And while our goal and hope was to make progress in containing the virus and recovering our economy, this kind of event would not be responsible or realistic on Sept. 14 or anytime this year."

With the real-life race canceled, the BAA has announced that this year's race will be run as a "virtual event."

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The @BAA has announced that the 124th Boston Marathon will be held as a virtual event, following Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's cancellation of the marathon as a mass participation road running event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the first time in the event's 124-year history that it's been outright canceled.