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London Marathon postponed to October 4, 2020

The world will have to wait to see the Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele matchup that was set to take place this April

The 2020 London Marathon has been postponed from April 26 to October 4. Hugh Brasher, Event Director, said on Friday afternoon: “The world is in an unprecedented situation grappling with a global pandemic of COVID-19 and public health is everyone’s priority.

“We know how disappointing this news will be for so many – the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds and the millions who watch the race every year.”

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Every runner with a place in the 2020 London Marathon will be able to use their place in the rescheduled event without any further payment. Runners who have a place for the 2020 event, who choose not to or can’t take part in the rescheduled race, will receive a refund of their 2020 entry fee or can have its value donated to charity by the London Marathon.

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This also means that the world will have to wait to see the Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele matchup that was set to take place this April. Hopefully both men will decide to run on the new October date.

The London Marathon was also scheduled to host the British Olympic Trials. As of now, British Athletics is planning to run the trials between April 25 and 27, in a closed location, with limited numbers.

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The new date for the Boston Marathon was also announced today. The world major will now run on September 14, 2020.

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World Major fall schedule as of March 13, 2020:

Boston – September 14
Berlin – September 27
London – October 4
Chicago – October 11
New York City – November 1