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Victoria Marathon scheduled for October has been cancelled

In a move that is sure to cause some serious concern amongst those in the running community hoping road race events will be held this fall, the Victoria Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, has officially cancelled the race for 2020. 

In a statement, race organizers cite word from the British Columbia government that indicates even when the economy opens up and restrictions are loosened, the ban on mass gatherings over 50 “will remain in effect for the foreseeable future until a vaccine is found.”

 “We know you have been training hard and have had this in your calendar for many months, so we can imagine you are as disappointed (if not more) than us. For that, we are truly sorry,” the statement read. 

Those who have already registered have a few options: a refund minus processing fee, deferral to 2021 or 2022, donate the fee to one of the race charities, receive a partial refund and donate the remainder. 

Currently, race organizers are not planning a virtual event. 

“We feel that by the fall, the running community will be saturated with virtual races,” the statement read. “There are also some spring races that have been postponed until the fall (other provinces and some US states are able to do this as they are subject to different restrictions). So runners may have the choice to participate in a fall race rather than choosing the virtual option. But we have plans to keep being your source for all things running and walking.”

The race has already committed to returning and have announced dates for the next two years: Oct. 10, 2021 and Oct. 9, 2022.

Fall is a busy time for marathons including some major race events in Toronto as well as the rescheduled Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon to name just a few. Fingers crossed. 
 

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