CHICAGO: The Chicago Marathon became the latest major marathon to fall victim to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on Monday as the organisers confirmed cancellation of the race for only the second time in its history.
The decision had been largely expected, with several other major marathons around the world already suffering the same fate because of the pandemic.
The 43rd edition of the race was due to take place on Oct 11, with an estimated field of around 45,000 runners and wheelchair athletes.
Race director Carey Pinkowski said the decision had been taken with the safety of participants and volunteers in mind.
Chicago is one of the world’s six Major marathons along with races in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin and New York.
Published in Dawn, July 15th, 2020