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Boston Marathon Will Be Postponed Until Sept. 14

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By Emily Reily

Run Another Day

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The Boston Marathon, one of the most revered races in athletics, will be postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14 as a result of coronavirus fears.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh made the announcement on Friday.

“Our expectation and the hope right now is that this date will get us to a safer place in relation to the spread of the coronavirus. Our plan is to make the weekend of Sept. 14 a cornerstone in a campaign to help businesses, local businesses, recover from this entire episode."

Aiming To Get Back On Track

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Walsh also explained that people should not run the course right now for practice, because he wants the route to stay clear in light of concerns about the coronavirus.

"I know that runners had their training plans set for that date, but the roads will not be closed for crowds and first responders will not have the ability to be working on those routes because they are going to be tied up with what is happening right now with the coronavirus," Walsh said.

Slight Change In Plans

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"We've shown before that no mater what the challenges to our marathon and to our city, we are Boston Strong, and that is what we will be again this year in the face of this crisis," Walsh said.

About 30,000 runners descend on Greater Boston every Patriot's Day to run the 26-mile race that snakes through eight communities. Runners come from all over the world to participate, from world-class champions to amateurs to those who just want to be a part of the action. Still others run to raise money for charities.

'Boston Strong'

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker acknowledge that holding the marathon in September is going to be strange, but it's the right call.

"It won't look right on the calendar, but it's certainly the right thing to do. As we've seen before, this particular Boston marathon does define resilience and I think everybody -- once we get there -- will fill the same way they always feel on Marathon Day," Baker said.

Just A Little Bit Longer

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WCVB writes that the Boston Athletic Association will work together with the municipal leaders of the towns the marathon runs through in order to make this new date as seamless as possible.

“The B.A.A.’s mission of promoting health through sports, especially running, has guided our organization for more than a century. In collaboration with our many partners, we look forward to welcoming the world to Boston in September in celebration of the 124th Boston Marathon,” said Tom Grilk, BAA CEO.

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