London Marathon was initially postponed and then it got cancelled this year. Instead, “Virtual” London Marathon was introduced, which is going to be held in October. More than 45,000 people have signed up to run alone in this event.
A multi-lap elite race, made more prominent by the presence of celebrated runners like Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei, the marathon will be conducted in a central London park on Oct. 4. There won’t be any mass participation though.
As an initiative to give letdown runner a consolation, and to reduce the negative effect on charities who otherwise gain from millions of pounds of sponsorship, the runners were allowed to run the 26.2 mile distance on their own on a course of their choice. They will be given their race number, a t-shirt, and a finisher’s medal just by paying 20 pounds and recording their distance on an app.