Second postponement in this 2020 for the Paris Marathon, already moved from April 15 to October 18 for the Coronavirus emergency. The organizers, in consultation with the city of Paris and the Parisian police department, have decided to postpone the date of the race to November 15th to encourage better preparation of the event.
"Obviously we will monitor the situation as it develops and carefully respect the directives of the health authorities and state services with which we collaborate closely. By the end of July, each participant will receive an e-mail with detailed arrangements", said the organizers.
New York, Berlin, London, Chicago and Paris
Running, like many other sports, is having many negative repercussions due to the global pandemic. The last, the most painful: the New York marathon, in 2020, will not take place.
The most popular of all the marathons in the world, which would have celebrated the 50th edition on November 1st 2020 has been officially postponed to 2021. As for the Berlin marathon scheduled for 27 September 2020. The two announcements were made one after the other in a matter of minutes.
The organizers of both events hoped for as long as they could, then, in the face of the evidence, gave up. Too many victims and consequences of the pandemic. As well as related restrictions on mass events. Members will be offered the possibility of a refund or the opportunity to compete in the next editions.
The other big marathons are not up to date: for now the London on October 4th 2020 and the Chicago marathon, on October 11th 2020 are confirmed, but these too risk being canceled. Same fate also for the Berlin marathon. The edition is postponed to 2021: there are no conditions of security to host an event of this magnitude.
Also in some county of germany there are new clusters of Covid-19. In Berlin, on an extremely fast course, 11 world records were marked, all the last seven being men's. From Germany they said: "In the past few weeks we have probed all the possibilities, but since at least until October 24, in Germany, all events with 5000 or more participants are canceled, we have no alternative."
Now we expect news for the marathons in London, Chicago and Rome: the signs are not positive. Most likely even these events will be canceled and postponed to 2021, as to date there would be no conditions of discretion necessary to guarantee the health of the athletes and the crowd present, as there are several thousand present.