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2021 Boston Marathon postponed, ‘at least’ until the fall

FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, Jared Ward, center, of Mapleton, Utah, leads the pack in front as they run the course during the 123rd Boston Marathon in Natick, Mass. Footwear will be a the forefront at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials this weekend in Atlanta. No matter what time the marathoners turn in or how well they run, the they know their shoes will be the real headliner.(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, Jared Ward, center, of Mapleton, Utah, leads the pack in front as they run the course during the 123rd Boston Marathon in Natick, Mass. Footwear will be a the forefront at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials this weekend in Atlanta. No matter what time the marathoners turn in or how well they run, the they know their shoes will be the real headliner.(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Next year’s Boston Marathon has also been postponed.

The Boston Athletic Association said Wednesday that it won’t hold the race as scheduled in April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers say it will be put off “at least until the fall of 2021.”

This year’s marathon was initially postponed until the fall and later canceled outright. It was to be the 124th edition of the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual 26.2-mile race.

The B.A.A. says it is working with government officials and others involved in the race to see if a fall 2021 date is feasible. Organizers say they are hoping to announce a date for an in-person race before the end of this year.


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