The Boston Marathon will be held as a virtual event. Will you be participating?

The Boston Athletic Association is offering a printable finish line and winner's breaktape, and encouraging participants to run in their own neighborhoods.

HOPKINTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 20: A view of the Boston Marathon starting line on April 20, 2020 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the race was rescheduled to September 14, 2020 instead of being run on April 20, Patriot's Day.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
A view of the Boston Marathon starting line on April 20, 2020 in Hopkinton. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the race has been canceled and will be held as a virtual event. –Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

For the first time in its 124-year history, the Boston Marathon has been canceled. All registered participants will be offered a full refund and the opportunity to participate in a virtual race. Participants can run the 26.2 mile distance in their own neighborhoods within the 6-hour time frame between September 7 and 14, and participate in a week-long celebration of virtual offerings such as panel discussions, champions interviews, and a downloadable Boston Marathon toolkit that includes a printable finish line and winner’s breaktape.

“Our top priority continues to be safeguarding the health of the community, as well as our staff, participants, volunteers, spectators, and supporters,” said Tom Grilk, CEO of the Boston Athletic Association, on Thursday. “While we cannot bring the world to Boston in September, we plan to bring Boston to the world for an historic 124th Boston Marathon.”

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