Boston Marathon Cancelled for First Time in 124-Year History

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Marathon has been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history.

Organizers said Thursday that they instead will have a “virtual event” in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher’s medal.

The race had originally been scheduled for April 20 before being postponed for five months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The longest-running annual marathon in the world, the Boston Marathon began in 1897.

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