The Boston Marathon has officially been cancelled as of this Thursday, closing the event for the first time in its history because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The cancellation puts an end to a 124 year streak of the event having been put on annually without any cancellations taking place.
The marathon had previously been postponed from April 20th to September 14th, but due to delays and scheduling complications has now been called off entirely and will be assumed to resume in 2021.
Despite the country attempting to return to some version of normalcy in many areas, the fact of the matter is that we’re still seeing some areas endure increasing numbers in positive coronavirus tests.
The seriousness of the virus and how it should be treated and tested on a macro scale across a nation remains a contentious point of debate, but due to the principle of “better safe than sorry,” we’re still seeing precautions like this being taken.
Various other sports have adjusted their plans to return to action in a somewhat modified fashion, although debates are ongoing, but with a marathon, how much can you really do to spread out a heard of people running amongst one another for several miles?