In response to the ongoing public health concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 10th anniversary running of the Carmel Marathon Weekend officially is canceled event organizer Todd Oliver stated today. The weekend encompassing Oct. 17 was to have included the marathon, a half marathon, 10K and 5K races and a marathon relay. He also stated the Donut 5K scheduled for December also has been canceled.
“We were notified by the City of Carmel this week that a decision was made to cancel all events over 250 (people) for the remainder of 2020,” Oliver stated. “The City has been a longtime supporter of running events, so we know this was a difficult decision for them.
Similar to all the runners that have been training, Oliver’s team has been working hard for months in developing unique safety procedures to try to “keep folks safe while enjoying what we love to do. While we are disappointed in the cancellation, the health, safety and well-being of our participants, volunteers, sponsors, staff and community remains our highest priority,” he stated. “Bottom line: We want to see you healthy and running with us again.
The 2021 date of the Carmel Marathon is set for April 3. Carmel Road Racing Group, which stages the marathon, will be sending direct email updates in the next 48 hours on how to complete the 2020 event virtually or how to defer an entry to 2021.
“When we return next year, it will be a festive moment in reconnecting with old friends, volunteers, spectators, and sponsors as we celebrate our accomplishments as a running community,” Oliver stated. “Stay safe and keep running so we can safely run together for many years to come.”