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Boston Marathon canceled for first time in 124-year history

The Boston Marathon had been postponed to September. But organizers canceled it Thursday for the first time in its 124-year history.
Lawrence Cherono, left, of Kenya, runs to the finish line to win the 123rd Boston Marathon in front of Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, right, on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

The 124th Boston Marathon has been canceled, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The race had originally been postponed from April until Sept. 14, but organizers announced Thursday that the 2020 edition has been scrapped completely.

Everyone who originally registered for the April 2020 race will be offered a refund and can instead participate in a virtual Boston Marathon.

The race, which is the world's oldest annual marathon, had been held every year since 1987.

The virtual event would require participants to complete a 26.2 mile distance run within 6 hours & provide proof of timing.