The Boston Marathon is offering refunds for the first time

BOSTON, MA  - April 12, 2019: Kam Trep, of AMI Graphics works on placing banners at the finish line while preparation continues for the 123rd Boston Marathon in Boston, MA on April 12, 2019. 
The Boston Athletic Association on Friday announced weather-related changes to Monday’s Boston Marathon schedule to ensure the safety of participants, pushing the Wave 4 start time immediately behind Wave 3 (10:50 a.m.).
Because the forecast calls for cool morning temperatures and windy and rainy conditions, the BAA eliminated the 25-minute gap between Waves 3 and 4 to reduce the amount of time runners will have to wait at the athletes’ village in Hopkinton. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)  section: Metro reporter:
Kam Trep, of AMI Graphics works on placing banners at the finish line. –Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

The Boston Athletic Association is offering refunds to runners entered in the 2020 Boston Marathon, which was postponed from April to September because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Race organizers said anyone who was entered in the race originally scheduled for this month can still run on the rescheduled date, Sept. 14, but if they can’t make it, they can have their entry money back. It is the first time the BAA has offered refunds.

Runners cannot defer their entry from 2020 to 2021, a BAA spokesperson confirmed to the Globe.

The BAA also has been updating a page on its website for frequently asked questions about the postponed race.

More than 30,000 runners had signed up for the marathon. It costs $205 for Americans and $255 for international runners to enter.

“Our primary focus remains on the health and well-being of participants, staff, volunteers, spectators, supporters, and everyone in our greater community,” said BAA CEO Tom Grilk. “We’d like our entrants to join us in September. However, while we are in the midst of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we want to extend an offer of refund to our entrants so they may be able to plan accordingly.”

This year’s marathon, originally scheduled for April 20, will serve as a qualifier for next year’s event. Registration for the 2021 Boston Marathon will begin after Sept. 14.

Those who had signed up for the April 18 BAA 5K, which will now be held the Saturday before the marathon in September, also can get a refund.

Material from the Associated Press report was used in this report.

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