For the first time in its 124-year history, The Boston Athletic Association announced on May 28 that the 2020 Boston Marathon had been canceled. The participants who had registered got a 100% refund. The organizers have come up with a new alternative. The running enthusiasts are encouraged for virtual participation. The goal is to run the 26.2-mile distance in their neighborhoods within a 6-hour time frame between September 7 and 14. Also, the participants are being encouraged to take part in virtual panel discussions and interviews.
A section of the runners was thankful to the Boston Athletic Association for taking this comprehensive decision about social distancing norms and making announcements pretty early. The other group, however, was frustrated about the fact that a virtual event could never be the “real” option. The remaining simply felt puzzled about what the announcement indicated for the charity runners. All in all, the reaction was mixed.