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The 2021 Boston Marathon Will Be Postponed

It's no longer taking place in April.

Boston Athletic Officials announced on Wednesday that the 2021 Boston Marathon will not take place as planned on April 19, 2021, due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

The pandemic has canceled in-person running events for the majority of this year, including the 2020 Boston Marathon, which took place virtually over a 10-day period in September. Officials said in a press release on Wednesday that they are hoping to reschedule the 2021 race for the fall, but are working with a COVID-19 Medical & Event Operations Advisory Group to determine if any 2021 events are feasible.

Massachusetts is prohibiting large-scale events until it reaches “Phase 4″ in its reopening plan. The criteria for Phase 4 includes the development of treatments and vaccines.

“By shifting our focus to a fall date, we can continue to work with stakeholders to adjust the in-person experience for runners and supporters alike,” said Tom Grilk, CEO of the B.A.A., in a written statement. “Prioritizing the safety of participants, volunteers, spectators, and community members, we continue to assess all elements of the race including a potential reduced field size or weekend date.”

The B.A.A. hopes to announce a new 2021 Boston Marathon date before the end of the year, as well as when registration will open, how many entrants will be accepted, and other criteria for participation.