41ºF

2021 Boston Marathon postponed, ‘at least’ until the fall

FILE - In this Monday, April 15, 2019, file photo, Lawrence Cherono, left, of Kenya, runs to the finish line to win the 123rd Boston Marathon in front of Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, right, in Boston. The Boston Athletic Association said Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, that it won't hold the race as scheduled in April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers say it will be put off “at least until the fall of 2021.” This year's marathon was initially postponed until the fall and later canceled outright. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)
FILE - In this Monday, April 15, 2019, file photo, Lawrence Cherono, left, of Kenya, runs to the finish line to win the 123rd Boston Marathon in front of Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, right, in Boston. The Boston Athletic Association said Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, that it won't hold the race as scheduled in April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers say it will be put off “at least until the fall of 2021.” This year's marathon was initially postponed until the fall and later canceled outright. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

BOSTON – Next year’s Boston Marathon has also been postponed.

The Boston Athletic Association said Wednesday that it won’t hold the race as scheduled in April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers say it will be put off “at least until the fall of 2021.”

The Boston Marathon has typically drawn a strong presence from the area.

A total of 75 area runners began the race in 2019 and 73 finished. Jacksonville resident Kate Landau, 42, was the top area finisher with a time of 2 hours, 31 minutes, 56 seconds.

Thirteen other area runners qualified to run Boston, but didn’t compete.

This year’s marathon was initially postponed until the fall and later canceled outright. It was to be the 124th edition of the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual 26.2-mile race.

The B.A.A. says it is working with government officials and others involved in the race to see if a fall 2021 date is feasible. Organizers say they are hoping to announce a date for an in-person race before the end of this year.