Following his press conference Tuesday about the state’s reopening plan, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said his office continues to discuss the Boston Marathon. The race, which has been run every year since 1897, was rescheduled from April 20 to Sept. 14.
“Certainly when we originally made the decision to postpone the Marathon [to] September, we were already hopeful coronavirus would no longer be a significant public health risk for our residents,” Walsh said, according to The Boston Globe. “We are continuing to have, right now, a conversation with the BAA on the best way for all of us to move forward. I don’t have any specific updates to share on the Marathon at this time, but will keep everyone informed as we move forward.”
A normal race would consist of more than 30,000 runners in close quarters in Hopkinton and hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the course to Boston. Social distancing undoubtedly would be challenging with those numbers, leading to some speculation that a scaled-down version of the race might be a more likely option, if it’s not canceled outright.
“The Boston Athletic Association continues to work closely with local and state officials as we consider what Sept. 14 looks like for the Boston Marathon,” the BAA said in a statement Tuesday. “Guided by public officials, we are actively exploring all options for this year’s race and will continue to follow public health and safety guidance.”