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.