Paris Marathon joins the list of events canceled because of the coronavirus

Competitors in the 2019 Paris Marathon
Competitors in the 2019 Paris Marathon run past Cleopatra’s Needle at the Place de la Concorde.
(Thibault Camus / Associated Press)

The Paris Marathon has been canceled because of the coronavirus crisis despite repeated attempts to find a new date, organizers said Wednesday.

The race was originally due to take place in April but was moved to October. Organizers said they had recently tried to reschedule the race for November, but continuing travel restrictions made that unrealistic.

“Faced with the difficulty that many runners, especially those coming from abroad, had in making themselves available for the 14th / 15th November, it was decided that it would be better and simpler for those concerned if we organized the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris in 2021,” organizers said in a statement.


They will now focus on the 2021 edition of the race. Runners who were registered for this year’s race will be automatically signed up for next year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the international marathon calendar, given the large numbers of runners typically involved and the difficulty of maintaining any social distancing. Some races like Berlin have been canceled outright and others like London have been restricted to elite runners only.