By Matteo Venieri, Inyeong Kim and Mikayla Heiss BU News Service
BOSTON — Cloudy skies and empty streets Monday marked what was slated to be the running of the 124th Boston Marathon. In response to the pandemic, organizers postponed the marathon to September 14, 2020.
The Boston Athletic Association, which oversees the race, released a statement in March acknowledging the decision that the marathon could not be held this year due to COVID-19 concerns.
Since its inception in 1897, the Boston Marathon has never been completely canceled. The 1918 marathon, however, was replaced by an army relay race due to American involvement in World War 1. Last year, the fabled 26-mile course was completed in 2:07:57 by Kenyan Lawrence Cherono and in 2:23:31 by the women’s champion, Worknesh Degefa, of Ethiopia. The world will now have to wait until September for this year’s results.
In the meantime, running officials have asked runners not to ignore the cancellation and run the racecourse today. And with the Red Sox game canceled as well, the sight of Sox fans converging with marathon crowds in Kenmore Square is just a memory this year.
For those missing the event, the BAA released iconic background photos for those looking to spice up their virtual meetings this Patriots’ Day.