Toronto marathon cancelled, goes virtual

Coronavirus has forced the organizers of Toronto Waterfront marathon to be canceled. The event that was set to be held on Sunday October 18th in the Canadian capital, Toronto.

On their official twitter handle @TOwsterfront42K wrote: “We are sad to announce the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront marathon, set to take place on  Sunday October 18th has been cancelled. We cannot wait to connect with you online as we host the race virtually this year.”

They said they are working with City of Toronto and Mayor John Tory, event organizers Canada Running Series have made the decision to cancel the international event that generates $35 million in economic impact annually, due to COVID-19 related health and safety concerns.

“Sadly, we have reached a point where it is clear we will not be able to bring a mass event of 25,000 people from more than 75 countries, safely to downtown Toronto this October, and have officially canceled the 2020 in-person event,” said Race Director Alan Brookes. “We have shared so many unforgettable moments over 30 years at this race and are enormously disappointed. We greatly appreciate the support and understanding of the community and are pleased to announce that we will be transitioning to a virtual event this year, to continue to offer the best possible running and fundraising goals in these challenging times.”

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