The most long-standing running event Boston Marathon has been decidedly delayed from the 20th of April to the 14th of September for fear of the outbreak of Covid-19.
Boston local authority in the early morning of 13th March, brought new law which forbids events gathering large crowds as they will be a hotbed for virus spreading. Lately, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) – Organization Department of Boston Marathon – has decided to have this year running tournament postponed and also replace the revenue.
“Along with Massachusetts, Boston city will carry out different necessary measures to protect the health of the whole community. BAA approves with the decision of local authority which Boston Marathon can not take place on 20th, April 2020. We will try our best to call off the 124th Boston Marathon Event to Monday, 14th of September 2020.” – according to BAA’s announcement.
Athletes and other staff will receive more detail information in the next few days.
Boston Marathon is the most long-standing running tournament which is first held in 1897. During more than 100 years, regardless of world wars, dreadful weather and other crises, this running event always took place in every yearly April.
This year, a few weeks ago, BAA still wanted to keep this tradition. However, because of the rapid spread of dangerous pandemic recently, Boston and the other 7 states’ authority has put pressure on BAA to postpone the marathon.
Boston Marathon is one of 6 most renowned running tournaments, belongs to the World Marathon Majors. 5 other famous running events are the New York City Marathon, Chicago Marathon, London Marathon, Berlin Marathon và Tokyo Marathon. Besides having enormous popularity, the Boston Marathon also brings great economic advantages for the city it takes place. According to Boston Marty Walsh, yearly, this running event gains almost 200 million USD for the local economy, and around 36 million USD is devoted to various charity activities.