Has your race been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak? | Women's Running

Has your race been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Read Time:   |  March 9, 2020

Don't panic – here's all the latest information on how COVID-19 might affect your race

A lot of misinformation and fear is surrounding the current coronavirus outbreak and it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Unless you have been advised otherwise by a medical professional, don’t stop your training! There’s no need to run laps around your own back garden just yet – it’s safe to go out. Other events are still going ahead and Brighton Marathon organisers are even offering places to UK-based runners who have had their races cancelled.

To try and combat this confusion in any way we can, we’ve put together a list of the running events that have been cancelled or postponed due to the outbreak, which we will be updating as and when more information is released.

The following events are currently affected by the coronavirus outbreak:

Paris Half Marathon (Harmonie Mutuelle Semi de Paris)
1 March 2020 – RESCHEDULED for 6 September 2020

Statement from the organisers:

“As part of its fight against the spread of the Coronavirus, the French government has taken the decision today to cancel all events that bring several thousand people together. As a result, the Harmonie Mutuelle Semi de Paris, which should have taken place Sunday March 1st, will unfortunately not be held.

“The preparation needed for such an event by the participants who set out to take part should not be lost, however. This is why the organisers and the Paris City Council have jointly decided to postpone the 2020 edition of the Harmonie Mutuelle Semi de Paris to a later date. As soon as circumstances permit, the organising teams of Amaury Sport Organisation and the services of the Paris City Council will mobilise to suggest a possible replacement date to the 44,000 people entered for the event. [Now confirmed as 6 September].

“The organisation will also mobilise itself so that all the fresh food ordered for the event -especially fruit- should be quickly distributed to charitable associations.

“The organisers and the Paris City Council would like to thank their partners and all the volunteers who planned to participate in the event, and they hope to see them again very soon.”

Virgin Money London Marathon
26 April 2020 – RESCHEDULED for 4 October 2020

Statement from the organisers:

“The world is in an unprecedented situation grappling with a global pandemic of COVID-19 and public health is everyone’s priority.

“We know how disappointing this news will be for so many – the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds and the millions who watch the race every year.

“We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received from City Hall, the London boroughs of Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, the City of Westminster and the City of London, Transport for London, the emergency services, The Royal Parks, BBC TV and many others as we worked to find an alternative date. The 40th Race is scheduled to go ahead on Sunday 4 October 2020.

“We know that there will be many, many questions from runners, charities and others and we ask you to please bear with us as we work through the detailed planning process to deliver the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon on its new scheduled date. We will email all runners and charities today and then update them via email by the end of next week at the latest. We will also post regular updates on our website and social media channels.”

Brighton Marathon
19 April 2020 – RESCHEDULED for 20 September 2020

“Following the escalation of coronavirus, we have been taking advice from official bodies, while also working closely with other mass event organisers to understand the situation for the industry, our participants and supporters.

“It is with heavy hearts that we have to deliver the disappointing news that the Brighton Marathon Weekend has been postponed until Friday 18th September – Sunday 20th September 2020. (Brighton Marathon, BM10k and BM Ride taking place on Sunday 20th September.)

“It is a decision that has not been taken lightly by our team or our colleagues in the running events industry. We as organisers now face considerable challenges as a result.

“We apologise profusely to anyone affected by this postponement.

“We wholeheartedly appreciate the far reaching impact this change will have on the thousands of you who have trained hard and planned extensively to take part in April 2020.

“Also to all those who have worked tirelessly to fundraise for their chosen charities and how this may impact upon your charity or cause. We hope that you can continue with your Brighton Marathon Weekend journey and implore you to keep on fundraising until the event can take place in September.

“Thank you to Brighton & Hove City Council, our contractors and partners for their cooperation and understanding.
All those who have a place in the 2020 event will be able to use their place in the rescheduled event or defer until 2021.

“If you are unable to take part in September, we can only sincerely apologise that this is the case.

“We ask for your support and understanding while we work towards this new date and take on the logistical issues and challenges this creates.

“We will be issuing further information about the postponement on Monday 16th March.”

London Landmarks Half Marathon
29 March 2020

Statement from the organisers:

“Along with the rest of the country, we are monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely and are taking advice from Public Health England and The World Health Organisation as the situation evolves. We take the health and safety of all participants extremely seriously and will be implementing increased measures on race day to reduce the risks for everyone at the 2020 London Landmarks Half Marathon. At present, the event is still planned to go ahead and we will provide further updates as soon as possible should the circumstances change.”

Reading Half Marathon
5th April 2020 – RESCHEDULED, date TBC

Statement from the organisers:

“It is with extreme sadness and disappointment that we, Goldline Events, organisers of the 2020 Reading Half Marathon and Green Park Challenge, today confirm the postponement of the race. As the true extent of the global emergency surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak continues to emerge, it has become increasingly clear that we would not be able to deliver an event of this scale on Sunday 05 April. Nor would we want to place an additional strain on the NHS and emergency services – we want to be part of the solution to this global crisis and not add to the incredibly tough times our nation is currently experiencing. We know how disappointing this news will be to our thousands of runners, fundraisers, volunteers, operations teams and partner agencies, but the safety and health of all involved, including supporters and members of the public, is our first priority. We are extremely grateful for the continued support of our partners and key stakeholders as we work together to find an alternative date. We are very close to confirming the date for later this year, but for now ask that all runners monitor their emails and our official race channels. Please bear with us as we work through a detailed planning process to reschedule the 2020 event. We will continue to monitor developments and UK Government guidance for the months ahead.”

Belfast Marathon & Half Marathon (Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon & Half Marathon)
3rd May 2020 (marathon) and 20 September 2020 (half marathon) – RESCHEDULED for 20 September 2020 (marathon) and 28 February 2021 (half marathon)

Statement from the organisers:

“Currently the world is in an unprecedented situation with the global pandemic of COVID -19 and our fundamental priority is the health of everyone. We appreciate your patience since the statement was released on Friday 13th March and would like to thank all our partners and sponsors for helping us to reschedule the 2020 dates of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon and Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon.

“As a Board of Directors we understand that you will all have many questions and would ask that you please bear with us as we work through the logistics as we prepare for our new scheduled dates. We will email you all with updates by the end of next week at the latest, alongside posting regular updates on our official website www.belfastcitymarathon.com and social media channels.

“The situation is disappointing for you all after your hard weeks of training and efforts of fundraising, but we know we can stay strong and gather to celebrate your achievements on the rescheduled dates.”

“Event t-shirts will be available for the 2020 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon and 2020 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon.

“All participants who have registered for the 2020 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon (Sunday 3rd May) and 2020 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon (Sunday 20th September) will automatically be transferred to the rescheduled events on Sunday 20th September 2020 or Sunday 28th February 2021.

“Any participant who does not wish to take part (or are unable to do so) in the rescheduled events on Sunday 20th September 2020 / Sunday 28th February 2021 will be able to defer their entry to the 2021 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon (due to take place on Sunday 2nd May) or 2021 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon (due to take place on Sunday 19th September) but must let us know before Wednesday 1st April 2020.”

Tokyo Marathon 
1 March 2020 – CANCELLED

Statement from the organisers:

“New cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) have been confirmed within Japan.

“We have been preparing for the Tokyo Marathon 2020 (Sunday, March 1) while implementing preventive safety measures, however, now that case of COVID-19 has been confirmed within Tokyo, we cannot continue to launch the event within the scale we originally anticipated and we regret to inform you the following:

“The Tokyo Marathon 2020 will be held only for the marathon elites and the wheelchair elites.

“Further information on the entry deferral to the Tokyo Marathon 2021 will be announced following April 1, 2020.”

Paris Marathon (Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris)
5 April 2020 – RESCHEDULED for 18 October 2020

Statement from the organisers:

“After the last-minute decision to move the Harmonie Mutuelle Semi de Paris to the 6th September 2020, we have, with the agreement of the Mairie de Paris, decided to move the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris to Sunday 18th October.

“This decision to postpone the event has been taken to allow the competitors the chance to anticipate any changes and make their arrangements with regards to the current Coronavirus epidemic and following the latest decisions made by the French government. The Amaury Sport Organisation team is already working to put on an autumn edition to remember. All of the competitors will be able to pick up their race numbers at Run Experience at Porte de Versailles from 15th to 17th October. In light of race policy and the exceptional circumstances, refunds will not be available because of the postponement of the race to October. You will receive all of the practical information 12th March.

“We will be right alongside you all throughout the summer so you can reap the fruits of your winter training program and you will be ready to take on the autumn challenge.”

Rome Marathon (ACEA Run Rome The Marathon)
29 March 2020 – CANCELLED

Statement from the organisers:

“This is a message that Acea Run Rome The Marathon would never have liked to write, but unfortunately, following the health emergency that we are facing and the government ordinance, ACEA Run Rome The Marathon of 29 March has been cancelled.

“We at Acea Run Rome The Marathon have worked a lot in the past months, we did so with professionalism and passion. We changed name, logo and interface with the idea of changing the marathon and the whole village. A big course with music and surprises were prepared and we were sure to amaze the marathon runners from all over the world.

“Acea Run Rome The Marathon was with the runners in the free Get ready training sessions organised in Rome and many other Italian cities. We shared laughs, emotions, projects, and most of all time goals for the race. Their photographs, videos and training sessions were reposted thousands of times.

“The Acea Run Rome The Marathon will be suspended with this passion, this desire. Health is the one commodity that should never be under threat, but we want to make this promise: we will double our efforts, enthusiasm, colour. The eternal city with its beauty and its history will be here for all eternity.

“We’ve set the date to 2021, the registration fee will be transferred and guaranteed for next year FOR EVERYONE. We are already dreaming of meeting you at the finish line in via Fori Imperiali on the same road the chariots and ancient Romans travelled on. Beneath the Colosseum, Acea Run Rome The Marathon will award the marathon runners two medals, one as a symbol of resilience and perseverance, and the other 2021 one as a metaphor for a double victory.
Acea Run Rome The Marathon has made significant investments in the past months that have brought about great results and we would like to thank the entire working team made up of dozens of people, the foundations, sponsors, and the RUNNERS from around the world that chose to run our marathon.

“Acea Run Rome The Marathon will not stop, just as the marathon runners wouldn’t: strong, determined, and tenacious, nothing will ever stop our and their will to run.

“Only those who fall get up again. We won’t just get up, we will run.”

Barcelona Marathon (Zurich Marató Barcelona)
15 March 2020 – RESCHEDULED 25 October 2020

Statement from the organisers:

“We are truly sad to inform you that the marathon of Barcelona has been postponed to the 25th October.

“This was due to security reasons with regards with COVID 19 and following the WHO [World Health Organization] & Health Authorities’ recommendations on this matter for major international events.

“Nevertheless, we still want you to live the magic experience of running the Marathon of Barcelona.

“We will keep your registration for the postponed race which will take place on the 25th October or, if you prefer, for the 2021 edition in March.”

Cyprus Marathon (OPAP Limassol Marathon)
22 March 2020 – RESCHEDULED 22 November 2020

Statement from the organisers:

“In face of the recent developments with the novel COVID-19 virus, and as part of its containment strategy, the Cyprus government has decided that among others all public gatherings of more than 75 people will be banned.

“Due to these circumstances, the organising team of the OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO announces the postponement of the event which was to take place on Saturday and Sunday, the 21st and 22nd of March 2020.

“As promised to our runners, friends, sponsors and associates, the organising team of the OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO has an operational plan to reschedule the event. The new dates for the 14th OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO are the 21st and 22nd of November 2020.

“We will be in contact with all affected parties (runners, visitors, sponsors and associates) to support all of their enquiries.

“Despite the disruption, and our consequent disappointment, this decision has been made by the government of Cyprus and it is our obligation to abide by it.

“Further updates on the issue will be communicated via our website and social media.”

New York City Half Marathon (United Airlines NYC Half)
15 March 2020 – CANCELLED

Statement from the organisers:

“We know this is a challenging time for everyone, and the cancellation of the NYC Half is disappointing news to many, but the resources necessary to organize an event with 25,000 runners on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan have become strained during this difficult period. Over the past week the NYRR team worked hard to adjust plans, implementing modifications and accommodations to alleviate crowding and facilitate social distancing. Unfortunately, it has become clear that we will be unable to proceed in the manner that our runners have come to expect at NYRR events, where the safety and security of our runners, volunteers, staff, partners, and spectators are our main concern.”

Vertical Rush
12 March 2020 – CANCELLED

“Unfortunately we regret to inform you that as a result of safety precautions being put in place by Tower 42 to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus, we have had to cancel Vertical Rush on Thursday 12th March 2020.

“The Tower have not taken the decision to cancel lightly, and it has been made with the health and safety of everyone involved in mind. The care of our runners, staff and volunteers is always our main priority. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience the cancellation causes.

“We understand that this is disappointing news for you, and we share that disappointment, as we know how much effort you have put into your training and fundraising. Sadly, we will not be rescheduling this year’s event for another date.

“Therefore if you would like a refund of your registration fee then please send us an email via this link.

“We will be in touch with more information on ways you can continue to support our vital work by the end of the week. If you have any queries at this point please do contact us on 03445 151 190.

“Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.”

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