By Eddie Timanus


USA TODAY


The Boston Marathon will not be held in 2020, the first cancellation in the event’s 124-year history.


The Marathon was originally postponed from its traditional Patriots’ Day running in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers had hoped to stage it on Sept. 14, but on Thursday it was announced that the in-person event would not take place. The Boston Athletic Association instead announced plans for a virtual race instead.


“The concern of a second surge made me have some real reservations about can we have the marathon or not,” Boston mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday.


BAA CEO Tom Grilk discussed the virtual race in a press release.


“While we cannot bring the world to Boston in September, we plan to bring Boston to the world for an historic 124th Boston Marathon."


According to the event’s website, all registered participants for the April race will be offered a full refund of their entry fee and are invited to complete the traditional 26.2-mile run virtually during the second week of September.