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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the social distancing protocols that are in place, the 2020 London Marathon that was postponed to Oct. 4, will now be pared down to an elite race only.

Organisers last week confirmed that the elite portion will happen on the 4th, however on a modified course. For the non-elite, their registration will be permitted to record a time on their own course of their choosing over a 24-hour window to complete the “race” and apparently London is developing an app to track results.

Additionally, one may race in 2021 instead.

SHOESTRINGS: World record holder Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya and Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia will headline the elite men’s race. The two have run 2:01:39 and 2:01:41, respectively.

Brigid Kosgei, the world record holder and winner of the 2019 edition is toeing-the-line.

Meanwhile, Chicago, New York, and Berlin Marathons have all been completely cancelled.