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The Boston Marathon has been postponed again until fall of 2021

Earlier this year the race was postponed for the first time in its 124-year history.

Written by
Eric Grossman

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) has announced that the next Boston Marathon—which typically takes place on the third Monday in April—will not be held until fall of 2021. No date for the race has been set. Earlier this year, the race had been postponed until this past September—the first postponement in the race’s 124-year history—and then it was moved again until April of 2021. (A virtual race was held in September.)

“With fewer than six months until Patriots’ Day and with road races prohibited until Phase 4 of the Massachusetts reopening plan, we are unable to host the Boston Marathon this coming April,” Tom Grilk, the BAA president, said in a statement. “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. 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.”

Earlier this year, Mayor Walsh said that cancelling the event outright would cost affected businesses to the tune of more than $200 million, with charities missing out on some $40 million.

Photograph: Courtesy Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

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