Paris Marathon cancelled as COVID-19 cases rise in France - Women's Running

Paris Marathon cancelled as COVID-19 cases rise in France

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  August 12, 2020

After postponing the 2020 Paris marathon twice, organisers have finally made the decision to cancel this year's race

The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris, originally due to take place back in April, has been cancelled, organisers announced today.

After initially being pushed back to October and then again to November amid COVID-19 concerns, organisers of the Paris marathon and sister race the Paris Breakfast Run have now announced that the 2020 races will be cancelled as cases begin to rise again in France.

At the moment there are no plans to delay the 2021 Paris marathon, and runners signed up to this year’s race will automatically have their places transferred over to next year’s event.

Read the full statement here:

“After having tried everything to maintain the event, we, alongside the Ville de Paris, feel obliged to cancel the 2020 edition of the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris and the Paris Breakfast Run. Faced with the difficulty that many runners, especially those coming from abroad, had in making themselves available for the 14th / 15th November, it was decided that it would be better and simpler for those concerned if we organised the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris in 2021. Evidently, there will be great disappointment amongst those who have sacrificed time training for what had become an Autumn marathon. Everyone at the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris and the Paris Breakfast Run, from the organizational teams to the faithful event partners, share this disappointment, with so much work having been put in.

“We will be working side-by-side with the Ville de Paris to put on a 2021 edition that brings together the most passionate runners on the most beautiful streets in the world.

“Those who were signed up for this year’s edition are, if they wish, already signed up for the 2021 edition. If not, they will benefit from a voucher, the value of which being equal to however much was spent on the bib and extra options or a reimbursement after a period of 18 months.

“The Ville de Paris, the partners and ourselves would like to warmly thank all those who had planned to run in 2020 for their passion. We cannot wait to see you again and run through the magnificent Paris streets together.”

Written by

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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