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Boston mayor Marty Walsh canceled the 124th Boston Marathon as an in-person race Thursday due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to NBC Sports' Nick Zaccardi.
The Boston Athletic Association announced that the event, which has been held annually since 1897, will instead be held virtually, Zaccardi adds. The virtual marathon will be complemented by a series of virtual events throughout the second week of September.
"Our top priority continues to be safeguarding the health of the community, as well as our staff, participants, volunteers, spectators, and supporters," said BAA chief executive officer Tom Grilk. "While we cannot bring the world to Boston in September, we plan to bring Boston to the world for a historic 124th Boston Marathon."
All participants who were originally registered for the April 20 event will be given a full refund for their entry fee and will be given the chance to partake in the virtual event, which can be run at any point from Sept. 7-14.
Participants who verify they ran 26.2 miles will receive a finisher's medal, according to The Associated Press.