The Boston Athletic Association announced Tuesday that it has targeted Columbus Day, Oct. 11, for the 2021 Boston Marathon. This is assuming road races are allowed in the state by the fall (right now they are not).
“We announce the 2021 Boston Marathon date with a cautious optimism, understanding full well that we will continue to be guided by science and our continued collaborative work with local, city, state and public health officials,” BAA president/CEO Tom Grilk stated. “If we are able to hold an in-person race in October, the safety of participants, volunteers, spectators and community members will be paramount.”
“Massachusetts continues to fight COVID-19 and distribute vaccines across the commonwealth, and with brighter days ahead, we are looking forward to getting back to a new normal in 2021,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We will continue to work with local partners and the BAA to monitor the situation and remain hopeful that the 125th Boston Marathon can take place this October.”
A virtual race option also will be offered. More details will come later, including about registration.
The BAA noted that the event plan is pending future approval from the eight cities and towns that comprise the marathon route. This includes Hopkinton, which hosts the start.
The race normally is held on Patriots Day, the third Monday in April.