Dear Members of the Boston Running Community
From all of us at the B.A.A., we hope that you and your family are safe and well in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
We know that many of you had been looking forward to the 124th Boston Marathon on April 20—whether you would be personally embarking on a memorable race from Hopkinton to Boston, supporting loved ones along the course, or simply embracing the sense of community and spirit.
For the first time in Boston Marathon history, we are urging anyone considering running the Boston Marathon course this week to stay home, follow social distancing guidelines, and help flatten the curve. Roads will not be closed to vehicular traffic, and groups of runners would divert valuable, urgent resources from the cities and towns along the course.
Every year, the Boston Marathon is supported by thousands of medical personnel and first responders from across Massachusetts—we simply could not do it without them. They are there for us through the rain, heat, cold, and any ailment that we may be met with from Hopkinton to Boston. Now we must support them as they work the front lines to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
We know that we must work together to stop the spread of coronavirus. Though the eight cities and towns that comprise the Boston Marathon course may look different this Patriots’ Day, the spirit of the race will be ever-present. Let’s show our commitment to our communities, honor those on the front lines, and stay united in our efforts to flatten the curve.
If we all do our part, we can look forward to a memorable 124th Boston Marathon on September 14.
Michael P. O'Leary, MD
Thomas S. Grilk
B.A.A. Chief Executive Officer