• Boston Marathon Canceled For First TIme Due To Pandemic

Runners jump out at the starting line of the 2019 Boston Marathon.
Runners jump out at the starting line of the 2019 Boston Marathon.
The Boston Marathon has been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The race had earlier been postponed by five months.

Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday at a news conference that the event scheduled for September 14 has become "less and less plausible."

The marathon will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles or 42.2 kilometers on their own will receive their finisher`s medal.

The event, the longest-running annual marathon in the world, began in 1897 to commemorate the first modern Olympic Games in Athens the previous year.

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