Hamburg Marathon 2020

Hamburg Marathon To Be Held With 10,000 Runners and Elites on September 13th

After a few huge fall marathons had been cancelled, this is a very exciting piece of news. Hamburg Marathon 2020 is moving forward as planned. Via Let’s Run:

The event, which was originally scheduled for April 19, has been granted an exemption by German authorities –who had implemented a ban on all large events through October 24– because organizers have agreed to implement a rigorous anti-COVID hygiene plan. The event is a World Athletics Gold Label Road Race.

β€œWe are optimistic that the Haspa Marathon Hamburg will be started on 13 September,” said chief organizer Frank Thaleiser through a statement. β€œWe have the plans and the infrastructure required. We will now make detailed plans together with the city to realize the race.”

Organizers are expecting 10,000 runners for the marathon, plus an additional 4,000 in a companion half-marathon (last year’s marathon had 10,079 finishers).

Someone’s gotta go first

Boston and Berlin were two fall marathons cancelled due to the pandemic. What’s striking about this is that the Berlin Marathon was scheduled for Sept 27. Yet the Hamburg Marathon is continuing as planned on Sept 13.

UPDATE: Add New York Marathon to the list of major marathon cancellations. News of this broke just a few hours after I posted this. NYC wasn’t scheduled until Sept 1, so are we already seeing some winter marathons getting cancelled?

Whatever the thinking behind it, the amburg Marathon is a huge piece of good news for runners wanting a return to something resembling normality. Personally, I half expected all the major fall marathons were going to end up being cancelled; but let’s face it, someone’s gotta be the first big marathon to go ahead as planned.

This is especially great news for people registered for any local race. I would think if some of the big fall marathons go forward as planned, most local level events ought to be safe. Time will tell of course.


Photo by Mike Rasching on Unsplash


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