The world’s oldest running tournament, the Boston Marathon this year, for the first time, will hold a virtual race in parallel with the traditional race, scheduled for October 11.

The Boston Athletics Association (BAA) – the governing body of the Boston Marathon – announced today that it will open registration for the first 70,000 people to register for the Boston Marathon 2021 online running event. Boston Marathon virtual run, allowing athletes over the age of 18. The event to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Boston Marathon “, the announcement has a paragraph. The virtual tournament will take place at the same time the official tournament takes place in Boston on October 11.

Opening a virtual run for 70,000 athletes around the world is an activity to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Boston Marathon.  Photo: BAA

Opening a virtual run for 70,000 athletes around the world is an activity to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Boston Marathon. Image: BAA

“We planned to scale down the actual race in Boston, but wanted to celebrate and celebrate the 125th run of the competition, through the virtual run. For the first time in history, athletes were across. The world has the opportunity to own the iconic unicorn medal, whether they run or walk, “explains Tom Grilk, President and CEO of BAA.

Registration for the virtual tournament is separate from the live race. Participants need to complete a Full Marathon (42,195km) in one run, with no time limit. Just need to complete the distance, the runner will receive a Medal of Completion (Finisher Medal) from the organizers. The virtual runner will also receive a racekit set similar to a live run: including running bib number, bottle opener, starting decal, and Boston Marathon logo on the finish line.

The size of the traditional Boston Marathon has yet to be decided, but will be smaller than in previous years to ensure the safety of the athletes. It is expected that 80% of the participants will be the athletes who pass the qualifying round to meet the competition standards (BQ), 20% will be for other subjects, including running legs from charity organizations. Details of the traditional race such as registration date, Covid-19 safety measures, participant requirements … will be announced over the next few weeks.

“Based on the success of the 2020 Boston Marathon, we are once again trying to spread the spirit of Boston around the world. Wherever you cross the finish line, the 125th Boston Marathon will be. Anniversary for all athletes, “said Grilk.

In 2020, 16,183 athletes from 90 countries and 50 states in the US completed the Boston Marathon in 10 days in September.

Players participating in the virtual run will still receive a medal with the unicorn symbol from the organizers, just like the athletes participating in the traditional contest.  Photo: BAA

Players participating in the virtual run will still receive a medal with the unicorn symbol from the organizers, just like the athletes participating in the traditional contest. Image: BAA

This year, the Boston Marathon is rescheduled from April to October, as Covid-19 remains complicated in Massachusetts. The Governor of Boston last week announced this locality will gradually let indoor playgrounds, outdoor soccer fields open to about 12% capacity. But it is not clear, until October, Massachusetts state government has allowed sports events to work again.

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest running competition, held annually on the third Monday in April, starting in 1897, inspired by the success of the 1896 Summer Olympics run. out annually in Boston and ranks as one of the most popular sporting events. The Boston Marathon is also a member of the world’s six largest running system – the World Marathon Majors.

The Boston Marathon organizers began implementing a cut-off based on performance limits for runners since 1970, when the number of participants was overcrowded and the track was not guaranteed. Starting from the 4 o’clock mark for the Full Marathon (42,195 km), the cut-off mark will gradually decrease to 3 hours and 30 minutes and more recently to 3 hours.

From only 18 registered runners in 1897, the Boston Marathon is now the dream tournament of millions of runners around the world. Since 2015, the number of athletes participating in the Boston Marathon has reached 30,000.

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