LIVE UPDATE: How coronavirus is affecting running events

We will update this story daily with news of coronavirus-related race cancellations and postponements

March 26th, 2020 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , , , ,

The rapid spread of coronavirus has caused numerous changes in the 2020 racing season. News of events being cancelled or postponed is breaking daily. This live blog will be updated with news of how coronavirus is affecting the running world.

Thursday, March 26, 2020–postponements and cancellations to date

The Fredericton Marathon in New Brunswick, set for May 9 and 10, has been cancelled.

The Copenhagen Marathon has been cancelled. It was scheduled to run on May 17.

It was announced on March 24 that the Whistler Half Marathon, scheduled for June 6, has been cancelled. Participants have the option to donate their registration fee to a local charity, defer to the 2021 or 2022 events or apply for a refund. There will also be a Whistler Half Marathon virtual event, free to anyone, whether registered for the event already or not.

The Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax, which was scheduled for May 15 to 17, has been postponed until November 6 to 8.

The Around the Bay 30K in Hamilton was cancelled on March 13. It was originally scheduled for March 29, but race organizers have announced an official postponement. The race will now be run on November 22, 2020. If this date doesn’t work for runners already registered, they can defer their race entry until March 28, 2021.

The Sporting Life 10K has been tweaked, and the 2020 edition will now be a virtual race. Now anyone can enter this race, no matter where they are, and it can be run at any time in the whole month of May.

The Banque Scotia 21K de Montréal has been rescheduled for Saturday September 26th (10K, 5K and Kids Run) and Sunday September 27th (21K).

The Penn Relays has be cancelled. The event was set to begin April 23.

Run Ottawa has announced that all of their events,  including the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend and Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, are pausing registration. This will not affect people who have already registered for any of these events, but for the time being, no one new can register. Organizers are hopeful that their events can go ahead as planned.

The Toronto Marathon, set for May 3, has been cancelled.

The Big Sur Marathon, scheduled for April 26, has been postponed. A new date has not been released.

The 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon has been postponed from April 26 to October 4.

Athletics Canada has urged athletes training abroad to return home. Failure to comply could result in suspension of funds and Athletics Canada resources.

Hamilton’s Around the Bay 30K has been cancelled for spring 2020. The race was initially scheduled to run on March 29, but race organizers announced on Friday morning that due to the rapidly progressing virus, it will not run as planned. Race officials have not yet announced whether it will be cancelled outright or postponed to a later date.

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 over 4,000 deaths from the illness worldwide, and more than 100,000 cases. The race will now run on Monday September 14, 2020.

The Canadian Masters Indoor Championships have been cancelled.

The Vancouver Sun Run has been cancelled, scheduled to run on Sunday, April 19. Runners can defer their entry to 2021, but there is no obligation.

The Bank of American Shamrock Shuffle, scheduled to run in West Chester, Ohio, has been postponed to Sunday, March 21, 2021. Registered runners for the 2020 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle will receive a refund for their entry fee.

The NCAA Indoor Championships have been cancelled, along with the 2020 NCAA Outdoor Championships, set to take place this spring.

The Canadian Indoor Championships, scheduled for next week in Montreal, have been cancelled.

The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, were one of the first sporting events to be cancelled due to coronavirus. They were scheduled for March 13 to 15, but have officially been postponed until March 19-21 2021.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Marathon, set for April 26, has been postponed. It will now be run on November 15.

The NN Rotterdam Marathon, due to be run on April 5, has been postponed. The new date has yet to be determined. Both Cam Levins and Emily Setlack were set to compete there in hopes of hitting Olympic standard.

The Prague Half-Marathon, due to be run on March 28, has been postponed. The new date has yet to be determined. As of today, the Prague Marathon, which is scheduled for May 3, has not been cancelled or postponed.

The Vienna City Marathon and half-marathon have been cancelled. Both races were scheduled for April 19. Organizers said that, due to a high volume of other events in Vienna, the race will not be postponed.

Organizers of the NYC Half announced that the race, which was set to run on March 15, is cancelled.

The Barcelona and Cyprus marathons were both set for March 15. Barcelona has been postponed until October 25 and Cyprus has been cancelled.

The World Half-Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland, originally scheduled for March 29, have been postponed until October 17.

The Rome Marathon, originally scheduled for March 29, has been cancelled.

The Jerusalem Marathon was scheduled for March 20, but it was announced that it will be postponed until October. No date has been set yet.

The Paris Marathon, originally scheduled for April 5, has been postponed until October 18. The Paris Half-Marathon has been postponed until September 6.

As previously reported, the mass participation race at the Tokyo Marathon was cancelled, while the elite race went ahead as scheduled.

RELATED: Rome Marathon cancelled, Paris Marathon postponed due to coronavirus