The world's most prestigious marathon, which is
now due to take place on Sept. 14, generally draws more than
30,000 runners from all over the world ranging from decorated
professionals and Olympians to amateur runners.
"Our expectation — and it's an expectation and a hope right now
— is that this date will get us to a safer place in relation to
the spread of the coronavirus," Marty Walsh said during a news
"Our priority right now is making sure the health and safety of
the runners, of the fans, of the medical personnel, first
responders, residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (and)
visitors from around the world."
The Rome, Paris, Barcelona and Rotterdam marathons have all been
postponed or canceled, as have the World Half Marathon
Championships in Gdynia, Poland.
The Tokyo Marathon went ahead on March 1 with elite runners
only. The London Marathon is currently still on for April 26.
The decision to postpone the Boston Marathon comes three days
after Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in
The Boston Athletic Association, which manages the Boston
Marathon, said it has been meeting regularly with city and state
officials to discuss all updates related to the coronavirus.
"On matters of public health and safety we take our guidance
from the officials entrusted with protecting the public in this
area," BAA chief executive Tom Grilk said in statement.
"We understand our role, along with our partners, in ensuring a
safe environment for all participants, volunteers, spectators,
and supporters that meets the standards set by those officials."
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Alison
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