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Will Fall 2020 Marathons Go On? Here’s What We Know Right Now

The coronavirus continues to shape an uncertain future for races of all kinds.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the health and safety of people around the world, the virus also continues to wreak havoc on the racing calendar. What was once shaping up as a crowded fall marathon season may not go off as planned.

After the 2020 Boston (April 20) and London (April 25) marathons were rescheduled to September 14 and October 4, respectively, runners were looking at the possibility of five World Marathon Majors races within eight weeks, however at least one of those races has already been canceled—on Tuesday, officials at the Berlin Marathon said that the race scheduled for September 27 will not go on.

“It has been announced today that the state of Berlin government will not permit events of more than 5,000 people until October 24,” according to a statement on Tuesday from the World Marathon Majors.

The race has not yet provided information on race refunds or entry deferrals for Berlin, which draws approximately 45,000 runners each year.

It leaves thousands of marathoners wondering whether other 26.2-mile races will follow. Officials at the Chicago Marathon, slated for October 11, said on Tuesday that they are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and have not made any decisions. Nonetheless, in an email to registered runners, they outlined a policy for participants who have decided against racing this year.

“During these unprecedented times, we understand your plans to run…may change,” the email to runners said. “We hope to see you on race day, but if you are unable to participate in the 2020 Chicago Marathon, the opportunity to cancel your 2020 entry will open on Tuesday, May 5.”

More details on the Chicago cancellation policy are available on the race’s website.

The current status of the 2020 fall marathon schedule:

September 14
Boston Marathon: Rescheduled from April 20
Refund policy information available on the race website

September 27
Berlin Marathon: Canceled
Refund policy information not yet available

October 4
London Marathon: Reschedule from April 25
Refund policy available on the race website

October 11
Chicago Marathon: Scheduled as planned
Entry deferral policy available on race the race website

November 1
New York City Marathon: Scheduled as planned
Entry deferral policy available on the race website