Organizers of the James Joyce Ramble, a Dedham 10K in which runners race people reading aloud from the works of Joyce while also raising funds for a local charity and promoting human rights, say they have called off this April's race - but are already making plans for next year's.
It's the second year in a row that the race was canceled due to Covid-19 concerns.
IN a statement, Martin Hanley, who founded the race in 1984, said:
We’ve conferred with medical authorities along with state government resources and monitored news from the National Institute of Health and noted medical institutions such as Johns Hopkins. In early December, with ever increasing dread and realization, it was made clear we cannot possibly stage our event in just four months as continued fear will be very much with us as perhaps the beginning of a slow and painful financial recovery for many.
We choose not to impede in any way the world's unified public health response to Covid-19 by putting anyone; runners, volunteers, vendors or spectators at risk. It is the antithesis of the expressed values and mission of a fitness event of this scope, size and ambition.
Hanley added organizers are working on plans for a ramble on April 24 of next year.