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.
UPDATE: The @SM_Law @FtonMarathon May 2020 is Cancelled. After considering many possible options & facing a rapidly evolving situation due 2 #covid19NB our team is extremely disappointed that we will not have the opportunity to welcome you to #Fredericton #staysafe #CUinMay2021
— Fredericton Marathon (@FtonMarathon) March 25, 2020
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.
Join us for all the fun and excitement of Blue Nose in November. Myles has decided to throw on some plaid, have a slice of pumpkin pie, jump in a pile of leaves and of course Giv'er Good! pic.twitter.com/lP5miqJcb3
— Blue Nose Marathon (@BNMarathon) March 23, 2020
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.
We'll be sending an email update on Mon. with a NEW race date! Pls add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe list or check Spam & Junk folders. Reg options will be addressed too. There were a lot of stakeholders that we had to coordinate to set a new date so thx for your cont'd patience.
— Bay Race 30k (@bayracerun) March 20, 2020
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.
Updated evening of March 12 – Athletics Canada COVID-19 Advisory/Guidance https://t.co/m25mJNzqMs
Includes list of canceled events, camps & travel guidelines
— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) March 13, 2020
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.
NCAA Indoors officially canceled https://t.co/oFEFmWkexi
— FloTrack (@FloTrack) March 12, 2020
The Canadian Indoor Championships, scheduled for next week in Montreal, have been cancelled.
Following today’s announcement by the Government of Quebec, next week’s 2020 🇨🇦 Indoor Championships to be held in Montreal have been cancelled. More details to come. Registered participants will receive direct communication on entry refund.
— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) March 12, 2020
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.
El EDP Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Maratón & 1/2 se aplaza al 15 de noviembre de 2020.
🇺🇸 Official Statement:
The EDP Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Marathon & 1/2 is postponed to November 15th 2020. pic.twitter.com/AjpOEedCQh
— Edp RNR Madrid Maratón (@RNRmadmaraton) March 12, 2020
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.
We are very sad to announce that the 2020 Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon, due to take place on 28 March has also been postponed due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), following a ban on events by the Czech Government. The new date has yet to be set. pic.twitter.com/VhOs1Ro75l
— SuperHalfs (@5uperHalfs) March 11, 2020
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.
Due to the rapidly developing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the NYC Half, scheduled for Sunday, March 15, and the accompanying Rising New York Road Runners youth event, have been canceled. Learn more here: https://t.co/DHqGHNpYcF pic.twitter.com/gVUp3Cws0T
— New York Road Runners (@nyrr) March 10, 2020
The Barcelona and Cyprus marathons were both set for March 15. Barcelona has been postponed until October 25 and Cyprus has been cancelled.
#BREAKING: Barcelona Marathon is postponed until October 25 to "continue working on the containment" of the coronavirus
It was due to take place next Sunday, March 15 pic.twitter.com/SoueicbulT
— Catalan News (@catalannews) March 7, 2020
The World Half-Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland, originally scheduled for March 29, have been postponed until October 17.
World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia to be postponed.
— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) March 6, 2020
The Rome Marathon, originally scheduled for March 29, has been cancelled.
— Franco Fava (@FrancoFava2) March 5, 2020
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.
The Harmonie Mutuelle Semi de Paris 2020 and the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris have both been moved to Sunday 6th September and the 18th October respectively. pic.twitter.com/PY9WliWSHd
— Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris (@parismarathon) March 5, 2020
As previously reported, the mass participation race at the Tokyo Marathon was cancelled, while the elite race went ahead as scheduled.