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Marine Corps Marathon canceled for first time in 45 years

Participants at the Marine Corps Marine Corps Marathon prepare to run at the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, Va., Oct. 28, 2018. Also known as "The People's Marathon," the 26.2 mile race drew roughly 30,000 participants to promote physical fitness, generate goodwill in the community, and showcase the organizational skills of the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Piper A. Ballantine)
July 23, 2020

The Marine Corps Marathon has become the latest sporting casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

Race officials announced Monday that the 45th annual marathon and associated shorter runs, scheduled for Oct. 25, will be held as virtual-only events. Runners can complete the distance of their chosen race between Oct. 1 and Nov. 10 to receive a T-shirt and finishing medal.

Alternately, runners can defer their entry fees to the 2021 event or request a refund at marinemarathon.com. Refund processing will begin Aug. 6 and will take 4-6 weeks.

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