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Thursday, May 28, 2020

第124屆波士頓馬拉松賽改網上舉行

           (Boston Orange )波士頓體育會(BAA)(28)日正式宣佈,第124屆波士頓馬拉松賽將轉為網上舉行,之前已報名參加原定420日舉行的本屆馬拉松賽者,都可在97日至14日的波士頓馬拉松週內,以虛擬方式參賽。
            新型冠狀病毒(COVID-19)疫情三月份在波士頓漸趨嚴重之後,波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin Walsh)和波士頓體育會不斷來回討論,後來暫定延期至914日舉行,但疫情迄今仍未緩和多少,疾病專家們還頻頻預測可能會有第二波,波士頓市長馬丁華殊因此於日前宣佈,波士頓馬拉松賽今年不辦了。
           日前宣佈,礙於新型冠狀病毒疫情仍未消散,今年波士頓不辦馬拉松賽。波士頓體育會宣佈本屆的第124屆波士頓馬拉松賽將以虛擬方式舉行,並在97日至14日的波士頓馬拉松週期間,舉辦一系列虛擬活動。
            波士頓體育會執行長Tom Grilk表示,該會的優先考慮也一直是社區,工作人員與參賽者,觀賽者,支持者的健康,現在既然不能在9月時把世界帶到波士頓來,他們計畫把波士頓帶到世界去,創造一個歷史性的第124屆波士頓馬拉松賽。
            原本已報名參加本屆賽事的所有參賽者,該會將把所有參賽相關費用都退還給他們,並給他們機會已虛擬方式參加第124屆波士頓馬拉松賽,也就是在97日至14日之間的任何時間都可以跑馬拉松,也有機會參加在九月的馬拉松週期間舉行的一系列活動,藉以把波士頓馬拉松經驗經由參賽者帶到美國各州及世界各地。
            馬拉松週期間的虛擬活動包括專屬座談,冠軍訪談,以及可以下載的波士頓馬拉松工具包,包括有比賽簽印的物品,可以印的終點線,優勝者視頻等等。
            虛擬2020波士頓馬拉松賽的參賽者將必須在6小時內跑完26.2英里距離,並能把時間證明交給波士頓體育會。所有完成虛擬賽事的選手將會收到波士頓馬拉松賽的正是手冊,參加者T-恤,獎牌,以及跑者號碼。

            波士頓體育會原訂912日舉行的5000公尺也已因為新型冠狀病毒而取消了。所有報名參加2020418日比賽的人,都可獲得退款。該會將給參加者更多資訊。
124th Boston Marathon to be Held Virtually
Participants encouraged to bring Boston to the world during week of virtual events

BOSTON—The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that the 124th Boston Marathon will be held as a virtual event, following Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s cancellation of the marathon as a mass participation road running event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual Boston 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 Tom Grilk, C.E.O. of the B.A.A. “While we cannot bring the world to Boston in September, we plan to bring Boston to the world for an historic 124th Boston Marathon.”

All participants who were originally registered for the April 20, 2020 event will be offered a full refund of their entry fee associated with the race and will have the opportunity to participate in the virtual alternative to the 124th Boston Marathon, which can be run any time between September 7–14. The B.A.A. will also offer a series of virtual events and activities throughout September’s Marathon Week in an effort to bring the Boston Marathon experience to the constituencies that the organization serves here in Boston, across the United States, and around the world.

Virtual offerings for participants during that week will include exclusive panel discussions, champions interviews, and a downloadable Boston Marathon toolkit that includes signature race elements such as a printable finish line, winner's breaktape, and more. Further details will be sent to all entrants in the near future.

Participants in the virtual 2020 Boston Marathon will be required to complete the 26.2 mile distance within a six hour time period and provide proof of timing to the B.A.A. All athletes who complete the virtual race will receive an official Boston Marathon program, participant t-shirt, medal, and runner’s bib.

The B.A.A. 5K scheduled for September 12 has also been canceled due to coronavirus. All participants who were originally registered for the April 18, 2020 event will be offered a refund. More information will be sent to participants.

The 2020 Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 20, was postponed to September 14, 2020 by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The B.A.A. has been regularly communicating with city and state officials to discuss all efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. For the 35th year, John Hancock will serve as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon.

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