The 2020 Boston Marathon course was to be lined with 100,000 spring flowers, which will now be donated to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Thousands of hydrangeas, tulips, pansies, and daffodils will be planted outside of the hospital, and given to workers on Friday following their shifts.
The Boston Globe reports that the flowers come for a group called Marathon Daffodils. The group has lined the Boston course with flowers every year since the fall of 2013, following the bombings earlier that year. Any flowers leftover after Friday will still be planted along the course.
The 2020 Boston Marathon, set to run on Monday, April 20, has been postponed due to health concerns related to coronavirus. As of Friday morning, there have been nearly 100,000 deaths from the illness worldwide, and more than 1 million cases.
The Boston Marathon has 31,000 registrants from over 100 countries. First run in 1897, the race hasn’t been cancelled in its 124 years (though it was modified to a relay race for the military in 1918, during WWI). Organizers came close to cancelling in 2007 due to extreme weather, but the race ended up proceeding. The race will now run on Monday September 14, 2020.