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Boston Marathon canceled for first time in 124-year history due to Covid-19

  • Organizers say ‘virtual event’ will be held as alternative
  • Next year’s Boston Marathon is scheduled for 19 April

The Boston Marathon has been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history.

Organizers said Thursday that they instead will have a “virtual event” in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher’s medal. The race had originally been scheduled for 20 April before being postponed for five months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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