The Athens Marathon has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic
The Athens Marathon has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The marathon had been scheduled for Nov. 8. It follows the legendary route purportedly run by the ancient Greek messenger Pheidippides from Marathon to Athens to announce victory over the Persians in the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C.
The classic marathon route has grown in popularity since the 1970s and the event now includes 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer races.
The federation says participants will be contacted and offered a refund or to transfer their participation to 2021. It says it will organize a virtual race in November that will be open to all.
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