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El Maratón de Boston se aplaza de abril a otoño de 2021

El Maratón de Boston no celebrará su edición 125 en abril de 2021, como estaba previsto, y se pospone hasta, «al menos«, el otoño del año que viene.

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Tras cancelarse por primera vez en su historia el pasado mes de abril, el Maratón de Boston anuncia ahora que no se celebrará tampoco en abril de 2021 y se pospone «al menos» hasta otoño de 2021.

El Maratón de Boston, con 30.000 corredores en cada edición, es uno de los seis maratones más importantes del mundo, los llamados «Six Majors», junto con Berlín, Nueva York, Chicago, Londres y Tokio. Comenzó en 1897 cuando quince hombres trazaron una línea de salida en Ashland y se dirigieron a la ciudad para conmemorar los primeros Juegos Olímpicos modernos del año anterior.
Cada año se celebra el tercer lunes de abril,y por tanto a menos de 6 meses para su teórica celebración la organización ha tomado la decisión de aplazar la cita a la vista de la evolución de la pandemia de COVID que asola el planeta.

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2021 Boston Marathon Will Not Take Place in April

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that the 125th Boston Marathon, traditionally held on the third Monday in April—Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts—will be postponed until at least the fall of 2021. The B.A.A., which has been meeting regularly with its COVID-19 Medical & Event Operations Advisory Group to determine when and how the Boston Marathon can be held again, will begin working with local, city, and state officials, sponsors, organizing committee members, and other stakeholders to determine if a fall 2021 date is feasible.

“With fewer than six months until Patriots’ Day and with road races prohibited until Phase 4 of the Massachusetts reopening plan, we are unable to host the Boston Marathon this coming April,” said Tom Grilk, C.E.O. of the B.A.A. “By shifting our focus to a fall date, we can continue to work with stakeholders to adjust the in-person experience for runners and supporters alike. Prioritizing the safety of participants, volunteers, spectators, and community members, we continue to assess all elements of the race including a potential reduced field size or weekend date.”

No 2021 date has been selected, however, the B.A.A. will work with local, city, and state officials and members of its COVID-19 Medical & Event Operations Advisory Group to establish under what conditions the next live, in-person Boston Marathon can occur. Before the end of the year, the B.A.A. seeks to announce a new date. Other details such as when registration may open and the field size, pending local regulations and the event plan, will also be forthcoming. Information regarding other 2021 B.A.A. events, including the B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. 10K, and B.A.A. Half Marathon, will be announced at a later date.

“We are optimistic that the Boston Marathon will continue its tradition of celebrating the spirit of community and athletic excellence next fall. We know there will be many questions and we will look to address them in the coming months ahead,” Grilk said.

The 2020 Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 20, was held as a ten-day Virtual Experience after being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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