Paris marathon canceled as COVID-19 cases pick up in France

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This year’s Paris marathon has been canceled, organizers said on Wednesday, as France battles a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus.

The marathon was originally scheduled to take place on April 5, but had been postponed to November 15 due to the pandemic.

“After having tried everything to maintain the event, we feel obliged, alongside the City of Paris, to cancel the 2020 edition of the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris and the Paris Breakfast Run”, the organizers said in a statement. communicated.

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“Faced with the difficulty that many runners, especially foreigners, had in making themselves available… it was decided that it would be better… for those concerned that we organize the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris in 2021.

“We will work alongside the City of Paris to set up a 2021 edition that brings together the most passionate runners in the most beautiful streets in the world.

The Paris Marathon, one of the most popular events on the global running calendar that regularly attracts more than 40,000 participants, is the latest to be disrupted by the global novel coronavirus epidemic.

In June, the New York Marathon was canceled while the Boston Marathon was also abandoned for the first time in its 124-year history.

The Berlin and Chicago Marathon majors have also been canceled while the London Marathon, originally scheduled for April, has been postponed to October 4 and will be staged as an elite-only event.

France has reported more than 236,000 infections and more than 30,000 deaths from COVID-19.

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