The Boston Athletic Association announced today it's called off the 2021 Boston Marathon on Patriots Day, but held out some hope it might be able to reschedule the race to sometime in the fall.
In a statement, BAA CEO Tom Grilk said:
With fewer than six months until Patriots’ Day and with road races prohibited until Phase 4 of the Massachusetts reopening plan, we are unable to host the Boston Marathon this coming April. By shifting our focus to a fall date, we can continue to work with stakeholders to adjust the in-person experience for runners and supporters alike. Prioritizing the safety of participants, volunteers, spectators, and community members, we continue to assess all elements of the race including a potential reduced field size or weekend date.
When BAA and Boston officials first announced the cancellation of this year's Patriots Day race, they initially set a new date in September, but eventually had to cancel that as well, due to the difficulties of ensuring the safety of hundreds of thousands of runners and spectators along the 26-mile route.