The 2020 Boston Marathon is officially canceled – or went virtual – which means canceled because much of the experience is being in Boston soaking up the rich history and surrounding yourself with others who fought to snag a bid to run the race.
Honestly, I wasn’t surprised the Boston Athletic Association made the decision to cancel, and, really, it was probably the right call. Many international runners wouldn’t have been able to participate because of shutdowns, and I’m sure there would have been too many stipulations on social distancing that would have completely altered the experience anyway.
But even though I kind of figured it would get canceled, the sting of the official announcement was still very real. It hurt. It hurt knowing all the hours that went into training to qualify for the race, and it hurt knowing how patient we all had been when it was first postponed to now canceled. It hurt most knowing what I went through between qualifying to now and not getting a shot at my victory run this year. I don’t consider the virtual race the experience of a lifetime.
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