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Some people were spotted running the Boston Marathon route on Monday. The act is a recipe for disaster as crowds could have formed and therefore it would have been difficult to social distance, also with no race, roads are open and there would be no marshals or security.

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) felt compelled to ask runners to not run the Boston Marathon route on the original date and time.

“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.” the association wrote.

IOC Corruption

According to Algerian newspaper Le Soir d’Algérie International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Mustapha Berrag has been prevented from leaving Algeria by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) because it is alleged that he has been involved in corruption.

He became a member of the IOC in 2019. He attained the position in the IOC by being the president of ANOCA but resigned in February 2020 after apparently repeated attacks against on social media on him and his family.

The social media backlash he alleges came after respecting the Israeli national anthem at the International Judo Federation Grand Slam event in Paris.

He has been accused of corruption and financial mismanagement.

Currently, there are 2,510,612 reported cases of the Coronavirus, according to Worldometer.info. They also report a total of 173,269 deaths attributed to the pandemic, however, as many as 660,045 people have apparently recovered, as of April 21 at 8:30 AM PST.

SHOESTRINGS: Haile Gebrselassie, the former marathon world record was given the honour of Person of the Week by Athletics Illustrated on Monday, April 20. He has donated £30,000 towards the relief fund in his country.

The Athletics Illustrated Global One-hour Virtual Race has added a Team Competition, offering the same scoring system as cross-country, with the top-five counting from each team. There is no extra charge and team declaration is automatic. There are two new categories: Most elevation loss and most elevation gain as well as the original category of most distance covered during the one-hour run.

The virtual race window starts Friday, May 1 and ends Sunday, May 17. Deadline to prove results is 6:00 PM PST or 9:00 PM EST Sunday, May 17. Results will be published at Athletics Illustrated.

Registration is $5, as a suggested donation. The first 10 people to pay $10 will receive a social distancing buff, those who pay a donation-as-registration of $30 will receive a commemorative golf hat from Guinness Brewery.

Details are here: https://athleticsillustrated.com/the-global-one-hour-virtual-race/