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The Coronavirus (COV-19) is changing our daily lives. Events are being canceled with increasing regularity. Colleges are are closing their campuses, The NCAA is planning March Madness without fans. As I am writing this The NBA has suspended the season. Races are being cancelled or postponed.
The Town of Brookline, MA. has prohibited all non essential public meetings or events in town or school facilities until April 30th. The announcement didn’t specifically address The Boston Marathon, but it seems increasingly likely that The Boston Marathon will be affected.
All of the above are relatively minor inconveniences. These are necessary inconveniences to try to slow the spread of COV-19. If we are going to err, it’s better to be overly cautious.
I highly recommend reading this article on Vox.com. The author does a great job explaining why cancelling events is necessary.
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Your Race Is Cancelled?
You are bummed that your race got cancelled. The amount of cancellations we are seeing is unprecedented. More cancellations are certain to come.
It’s natural to be disappointed if you’ve trained hard for your spring race. But, please do not lash out against the race. Some larger races may be in a position to offer full refunds, while other races may not be in the same position.
Financially, cancelling events is far more devastating to the municipalities, charities, and the events than they are to the participants. The vast majority of races have you interests at heart, and are offering a variety of options to registered runners. Generally the decision to cancel is being made by the community, and not the event organizer.
Medals, shirts, and supplies cost money. The Best Damn Race had to cancel their races after The City of New Orleans cancelled the permits. They have offered a number of options, and did a fantastic job explaining what goes into running a race.
The New York Half Marathon was cancelled on Tuesday evening, and is offering runners full refunds or a guaranteed (non complimentary entry) to the 2021 race. I have seen dozens of people complaining. NYRR was not obligated to offer anything, and is offering a full refund.
Economically the Coronavirus is impacting all industries. It is obvious that travel, tourism, conventions and events are impacted greatly. Those that make their living timing and managing races are facing significant lost revenues for an unknown amount of time. Please keep them in mind before issuing a charge back, or scorching an event on social media.
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