2021 Boston Marathon will not take place in April

This is the latest update from the organisers of the Boston Marathon:

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that the 125th Boston Marathon, traditionally held on the third Monday in April—Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts—will be postponed until at least the fall of 2021. The B.A.A., which has been meeting regularly with its COVID-19 Medical & Event Operations Advisory Group to determine when and how the Boston Marathon can be held again, will begin working with local, city, and state officials, sponsors, organizing committee members, and other stakeholders to determine if a fall 2021 date is feasible.

“With fewer than six months until Patriots’ Day and with road races prohibited until Phase 4 of the Massachusetts reopening plan, we are unable to host the Boston Marathon this coming April,” said Tom Grilk, C.E.O. of the B.A.A. “By shifting our focus to a fall date, we can continue to work with stakeholders to adjust the in-person experience for runners and supporters alike. Prioritizing the safety of participants, volunteers, spectators, and community members, we continue to assess all elements of the race including a potential reduced field size or weekend date.”

No 2021 date has been selected, however, the B.A.A. will work with local, city, and state officials and members of its COVID-19 Medical & Event Operations Advisory Group to establish under what conditions the next live, in-person Boston Marathon can occur. Before the end of the year, the B.A.A. seeks to announce a new date. Other details such as when registration may open and the field size, pending local regulations and the event plan, will also be forthcoming. Information regarding other 2021 B.A.A. events, including the B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. 10K, and B.A.A. Half Marathon, will be announced at a later date.

“We are optimistic that the Boston Marathon will continue its tradition of celebrating the spirit of community and athletic excellence next fall. We know there will be many questions and we will look to address them in the coming months ahead,” Grilk said.

The 2020 Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 20, was held as a ten-day Virtual Experience after being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tokyo Marathon 2021 will be held in Autumn

The organisers of the Tokyo Marathon 2021 have changed the race in March to an Autumn race

The Tokyo Marathon 2021 will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2021, with the furtherance to deliver elite and mass races together in the original field size. 
Details of the Race Information are planned to be further determined.

In addition, to create a momentum leading to the Tokyo Marathon 2021, the Tokyo Marathon 2021-related events will be held in early March 2021 (roughly a week-long surrounding March 7). The events will include a virtual marathon for global participation, as well as running events within Tokyo.

Details will be announced within December 2020.

[Future Schedule (provisional)]

December 2020 Announcing the Tokyo Marathon 2021-related event details
January 2021 Entry deferral selection (2021 or 2022) by the registered runners of the Tokyo Marathon 2020 (excluding elite athletes)
March 2021 Launching the Tokyo Marathon 2021-related events (surrounding March 7)
Announcing the Race Information of Tokyo Marathon 2021
October 17, 2021 Tokyo Marathon 2021

<To Registered Runners of the Tokyo Marathon 2020>

As formerly announced, the registered runners of the Tokyo Marathon 2020 can defer their entry to either the following events:
- Tokyo Marathon 2021 (New Date): October 17, 2021 (Sunday) *provisional
- Tokyo Marathon 2022: March 6, 2022 (Sunday) *provisional

Further details are emailed today to applicable runners from the Tokyo Marathon Entry Desk.

In preparation for the next event, the Tokyo Marathon Foundation is carefully reviewing plans that will adhere to the situation surrounding COVID-19. We would like to thank everyone in advance for the great support and understanding as we continue to work diligently to deliver a safe and secure event.

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