A couple of weeks ago, I published a post showing how absolutely packed the fall marathon season is. Many of the big spring marathons had already postponed their races until the fall with some starting as soon as the end of August.
But, there are already questions by many about what may happen to the fall marathons as even Grandma’s Marathon at the end of June announced it was canceled for 2020. So, are fall marathons at risk of being canceled as well?
Will Fall Marathons Be Canceled?
We have 5 of the 6 World Marathon Majors taking place this fall – London Marathon, Boston Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Chicago Marathon, and New York City Marathon. We also have big marathons like the Paris Marathon being run in the fall as well.
The problem for these marathons is that they really cannot postpone them again. All of these marathons have 2021 editions that are on the calendars and there are no other dates to move them to this year. So, if organizers think it is necessary, they will just have to cancel the 2020 edition. This will be an even bigger problem for those race directors that have already postponed the races this year.
This is certainly not the fault of the race directors or organizing committees, of course! No one could have anticipated that this would be stretching on like it is. Even the Summer Olympics that were to have been held at the end of July/early August have been postponed.
Ultra-marathons that are taking place this summer, like the Western States, Comrades Marathon and the Angeles Crest, have canceled as well. As this virus stretches on, it is going to make many race organizers very nervous. Some of the issues at hand are the ability of participants to train for the races (with so many runners in places with stay-at-home/lockdown/quarantine rules in effect) as well as the big issue of the resumption of travel.
Fortunately, we still have quite a bit of time. I do not believe any decision would be made to cancel the Boston Marathon, for example, until at least the middle/end of June. This gives us a minimum of 8 weeks for the virus to turn around.
In the meantime, it will likely make many runners nervous about registering for a fall marathon right now. They may want to wait and see what will happen with the opening of states and countries over the next 8 weeks.
Are you waiting to register for a fall marathon or are you already signed up?