Today organisers of both the Paris and Frankfurt marathons have confirmed that the races have been cancelled for 2020.
The Paris Marathon (see their website here), originally due to take place back on the 5th April but at the beginning of March the decision was made to postpone the event. A re-scheduled date of 18th October was announced. However, the event organisers today released a statement confirming the cancellation due to the recent rise in coronavirus case numbers in France.
The following statement was released on social media earlier today; “The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris 2020 is cancelled. See you in 2021.”
“After having tried everything to maintain the event, we find ourselves obliged, in agreement with the City of Paris, to cancel the 2020 edition of the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris. Faced with the impossibility for many participants to make themselves available for November 15 and especially those, many, coming from several foreign countries and facing the current travel difficulties, it was therefore decided to meet all the followers of 42.195 km in 2021 for a Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris organized in a more relaxed way. The disappointment is obviously strong for those who sacrificed a lot of their time to prepare for what had become a fall marathon. With all the players in the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris, from the organizing teams to the loyal partners of the event, and after all the hard work, we share this disappointment.” ⠀
“Along with the City of Paris, we are going to do everything possible to offer you an even more beautiful next edition, worthy of the reunion of all enthusiasts with the streets of the most beautiful city in the world.” ⠀
“The marathon runners registered this year are, if they wish, already registered for the next edition. Otherwise, they will receive a credit corresponding to the amount of the bib and any options purchased, or a refund after a period of 18 months.” ⠀
“The organizers, the City of Paris and all the partners, would like to warmly thank all those who had scheduled these meetings in 2020 and are eager to meet them again to finally celebrate the happiness of running together in the sumptuous setting of Paris.”
A few hours prior to the Paris announcement the organisers of the Frankfurt Marathon (website here), originally scheduled for 25th October, released a video announcement on YouTube and Twitter confirming much the same. Race Director Jo Schindler said; “Dear runners, dear volunteers, and dear friends of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, with a heavy heart we have to announce today what has already been indicated over the previous weeks. In agreement with the government of Hesse and the city of Frankfurt, we have decided the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon 2020 cannot take place.”
“We, the entire team of motion events, deeply regret this cancellation. The last weeks of uncertainty have been particularly difficult and stressful – not only for you, but also for us…. A marathon in compliance with the hygiene and distance rules, as well as ensuring full documentation of the contacts of everyone, would not have any resemblance with the event as we all know it.”
“If we keep in mind the huge consequences and implications that this pandemic demands from the world population, the cancellation of a sports event is almost irrelevant.”Both races now join the list of marathons scheduled for the autumn that have been cancelled including New York, Boston and Berlin, and it follows the recent announcement that the London Marathon, now scheduled for 4th October, will be an elite race only.