Due to the onset of Covid-19 last spring, marathoners heard, “On your mark. Get set. Wait.” But, after more than a year, they’re likely to hear “Go!”
According to a source, numerous marathons will be back in big cities, starting late this summer. Arrangements have been made reportedly, and people have signed up for 26.2-mile races in Boston, London, Tokyo, Chicago, and other locales. This news makes runner Jeff Dengate content. “I have not run at all in the last 18 months. I’m really bumming out,” he replies. Now Dengate has no reason to be annoyed anymore as, after a year of virtual marathons, he’s signed up for two marathons: the Pikes Peak Marathon in August and the Boston Marathon in October. Normally, the Boston run is held in April, but organizing officials at the Boston Athletic Association postponed it, to comply with the Massachusetts reopening plan.
Dengate is a title-holder of “runner-in-chief” at Runner’s World. He is not anxious about his health while competing because he’s vaccinated and knows that marathons have an incorporated safety system.