Calgary marathon suspended amid coronavirus concerns

Mar 13 2020, 10:23 am

With the Province of Alberta recommending any event of over 250 people be cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns, it’s no wonder that event cancellations are being announced throughout the province.

One of the most recent has been Run Calgary officially suspending its spring events, including the 2020 Calgary Marathon.

“Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times,” organizers wrote in an email to registered runners.

“As athletes ourselves, we understand the time you have spent training and the investment you have made getting to the start line.”

The marathon had been scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 31.

Registration for spring events have been suspended immediately, as per direction from Alberta Health Services, though the released noted that Run Calgary is hopeful that it will be safe to carry out their May events.

“Ultimately our goal has always been participant safety while also trying to create the best experience. Please give us time as we work towards solutions as this situation unfolds dynamically hour by hour,” Run Calgary wrote in the email.

No word was included regarding refunds, though organizers did state that they are “working on options” for registered participants.

“We will do our best to update our Run Calgary family with developments so you can make individual decisions that are best for you.”

With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.