PARIS – The Paris Marathon, originally scheduled to take place April 5 with 60,000 registered runners, has been postponed until Oct. 18 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, race organizers told AFP in a statement on Thursday.
Last weekend’s half-marathon in the French capital was also canceled over fears of the deadly virus that has killed over 3,300 people worldwide. That race has been rearranged for Sept. 6.
“Immediately after the cancellation of the Paris half-marathon less than 24 hours before the start, the teams from the Paris city council and Amaury Sport Organisation came together to find a new date for the event. We are pleased to announce that the half-marathon will take place on Sunday 6th September,” ASO said in a statement.
“Regarding the marathon, we have reached an agreement with Paris city council to move the marathon to the 18th October with the aim of avoiding any last-minute cancellation.”
The announcements came after the French government on Saturday ordered the cancellation of “gatherings of more than 5,000 people” in enclosed areas as well as some external events.
The French health ministry on Thursday reported two more deaths from coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s total to six, and 92 new cases since Wednesday.
It was the biggest one-day jump in the number of French cases since the outbreak began, raising the country’s total to 377.