The 2020 Tokyo Marathon has cancelled its mass participation race, scheduled for March 1, due to a confirmed case of coronavirus. The event will still run its elite and wheelchair races.
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 17, 2020
The 2020 marathon doubles as the Olympic Trials for Japanese runners (they will still have the opportunity to compete). The field that was supposed to be roughly 38,000 runners has been downsized to roughly 200.
This news comes just days after the 2020 World Indoor Track and Field Championships were cancelled. Previously scheduled to take place in Nanjing, China on March 13 to 15, the event was postponed to March 2021. The intention is to still hold the championships in Nanjing.
Available options for registered runners
- The race will allow all registered runners to defer their entry to the 2021 Tokyo Marathon.
- Runners who have deferred their entry to 2021 must pay the entry fees for the 2021 event.
- The entry fees and donations received for the Tokyo Marathon 2020 will not be refunded.
- Runners who have purchased a marathon t-shirt will be shipped the item following the event.