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The 2020 Chicago Marathon, originally scheduled for October 11, has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the event announced on Monday.
Chicago becomes the third and final U.S. fall major marathon to be canceled due to the health crisis, as Boston and New York previously shut down their races. (Boston, originally planned for April, had to cancel their rescheduled date of September 14.)
“We understand the disappointment, but when we return to the streets of Chicago, it will be a celebratory moment and an uncompromising statement about the collective spirit of who we are as a running community,” race director Carey Pinkowski said in a statement.
With Chicago off the table, chances for any fall major marathon races in 2020 are barreling towards zero. The London Marathon, set for a week before Chicago on October 4, is the lone holdout as Boston, Berlin, Chicago and New York have all been wiped out.
The expectation, however, is that London will soon join its major peers in eliminating their race for 2020.