The Boston Marathon goes virtual

Yet another race has been cancelled due to this vile Coronavirus.

The uber-prestigious Boston Marathon, already postponed from April 2020 to September 2020, has now been cancelled, and will become instead a virtual event.

This is the first time in the race’s 124 year history that it has been cancelled, meaning that what two World Wars couldn’t do, this frightening pandemic can.

It sounds a little strange having a virtual event. Doesn’t that mean, theoretically, that if, for example, you live in a flat city like Delhi, you could presumably race way faster without the agonies of Heartbreak Hill?

Full details will be announced over the course of the next few weeks, we learn, so perhaps there is some adjustment/compensation mechanism involved.

On a scale of the horrific fall out from this virus, a race being cancelled isn’t a disaster, but all the same, for the world’s top athletes, and for everyone who has devoted years to training, it must be heart-breaking. Like the hill.

But hey! Trying to be positive, since I will never, ever, ever, in a million years be fast enough to qualify for Boston, perhaps a virtual race would be the way to go for slow coaches like me 🙂

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