The rapid spread of coronavirus has already caused numerous changes in the 2020 road and track racing seasons. News of events being cancelled or postponed is breaking daily. This live blog will be updated with news of how coronavirus is affecting the trail running world.
Thursday, May 14, 2020–postponements and cancellations to date
The Leadville 100 was scheduled for August 22 and 23, but it has been cancelled. Runners already registered for the event have several options regarding their entry fees. Runners can donate to a lunch program in Colorado’s Lake County School District or to the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation, which funds scholarships for Lake County high school graduates (runners who choose this option will be given “non-complimentary entry” into the 2021, 2022 or 2023 races). There is also a deferral option, and runners can wait to race until 2021, 2022 or 2023. Finally, there’s the option for refunds.
goal races this year:
Western States: canceled
Leadville 100: canceled
UTMB: announcement 5/20
All of this rejection is reminding me of high school dances.
— Tim Tollefson (@TimTollefson) May 13, 2020
Sinister Sports, organizers of several trail and ultra races in B.C. and Alberta, have yet to cancel or postpone any events—the first of which is in July—but they have plans for postponement dates if necessary. The Sinister 7, an event with 50 and 100-mile races set for July 4 to 5, will be moved to August 22 to 23. The 125K Canadian Death Race will keep the original dates of August 1 to 2. The Black Spur Ultra will move to September 19 to 20. The final event in the series, Run the Rocks, will be rescheduled accordingly if the first three events are forced to postpone.
North America’s most prestigious 100-miler, Western States Endurance Run, is cancelled for 2020.
The Nimble Bear 50K in Kelowna, B.C., originally set for April 25, has been rescheduled for October 17.
The 2020 Western States and training runs have been cancelled. https://t.co/voDgQY9yFL
— Western States 100 (@wser) March 27, 2020
The Skyrunner World Series announced that none of their events would be run until late July. This means eight of the series’ events will be affected (some cancelled, some postponed). The list can be found here.
Coast Mountain Trail Running, the race series organized and founded by Gary Robbins, announced that the rest of their events this year will be cancelled. The full list is below.
With heaviness in our hearts, we have decided to cancel the remainder of races under the CMTR banner. Events include:
The Cap Crusher
Survival of the Fittest
For registered participants please check your email for details. pic.twitter.com/xwbaDJXSVd
— Squamish50 (@Squamish50) March 22, 2020
The Cap Crusher trail race in North Vancouver was set for March 14, but it has been postponed. The new date has yet to be determined.
The 100 Miles of Istra trail race in Croatia was scheduled for April 17, but it has been postponed until September 24.
It was announced on Wednesday, March 11 that the Chuckanut 50K will be postponed. The race, held in Bellingham, Wash., was scheduled for March 21. No date has been determined for the rescheduling of the race.
This is tough to write and share – Chuckanut 50k Update https://t.co/IEpwdWxsI3
— Krissy Moehl (@krissymoehl) March 11, 2020
The Marathon des Sables has been postponed until September 8 to 18. The multi-stage ultramarathon across the Saharan Desert in Morocco was originally scheduled for April 3 to 13.
On relance le compte à rebours : J-190 avant le 35e MARATHON DES SABLES reporté du 18 au 28 septembre. 5 mois de plus pour être ultra prêt à courir dans le désert !#mds #mds2020 #report pic.twitter.com/eYbYdsbaeo
— MARATHON DES SABLES (@marathonDsables) March 11, 2020
The Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji has been cancelled. It was set to start on April 24. Entrants from this year’s race will be given priority registration and a discount for the 2021 event.
All registered runners of cancelled Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji 2020 will be offered priority registration for next edition with discounted fee EVEN with expired qualify ITRA points. Refund of 2020 edition is in discussion and could be informed in April. #UTMF #UTWT #Covid19 pic.twitter.com/SqgwE7M3eO
— Dogsorcaravan (@Dogsorcaravan) March 12, 2020
Hong Kong’s Fast 50 Ultra, which Jim Walmsley won last year, was cancelled ahead of its planned March 7 run date.