Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Some Runners Are Logging Marathons in Apartments and on Balconies

To run or not to run? That is a question that some runners are asking themselves during these challenging days of the Coronavirus. There are some runners who have been ordered to remain in their homes and as a result we've seen reports of unique efforts to log miles. For instance, one man dealing with France's lockdown order decided to run the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) on his 23-foot long balcony. He did it in six hours and 48 minutes. In order to accomplish the feat, he had to run back and forth on the balcony... for 3,000 laps. Another man, located in China, was recently in the news for running 41 miles in under 7 hours -- by logging laps around his small apartment's living room. He used a data recorder and video to prove his accomplishment.

COVID-19 has certainly impacted the entire world, and that impact reaches into the running community as well. Below is a list of major races that have been either canceled or postponed, as of the date of this writing. If you signed up for a race not on this list, please contact the race director for information on whether or not it is postponed or canceled.

  • Tokyo Marathon: Held only for marathon elites and wheelchair elites
  • Great Wall Marathon: Canceled
  • NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships: Canceled
  • NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships: Canceled
  • USATF Masters Indoor Championships: Canceled
  • New Balance Nationals Indoor: Canceled
  • NYC Half Marathon: Canceled
  • Barcelona Marathon: Postponed to Sunday, October 25
  • Carlsbad 5000: Postponed, date TBD
  • Rome Marathon: Canceled
  • World Half Marathon Championships: Postponed to Saturday, October 17
  • Paris Marathon: Postponed to Sunday, October 18
  • Boston Marathon: Postponed to September 14
  • London Marathon: Postponed to October 4
  • Barkley Marathons: Canceled
  • Penn Relays: Canceled
  • Stanford Invitational: Canceled
  • Diamond League Events: Canceled
  • IBX Broad Street Run: Postponed to October 4
  • Eugene Marathon: Canceled
  • Tokyo Olympics: Postponed to 2021

Keep Reaching For Life's Mileposts,

Paul Staso