The Barcelona Marathon, which was scheduled for March 15 with 17,000 registered runners, has been postponed till October to comprise the unfold of the coronavirus epidemic, metropolis officers stated Saturday.
“We have agreed to postpone the event to keep working on COVID-19 containment in line with the recommendations of the health authorities and the WHO regarding major events,” Barcelona metropolis council stated in an announcement.
“The Barcelona Marathon will now be held on October 25,” it stated of the race which pulls many runners from exterior Spain.
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Fernando Simon, the well being ministry’s chief coordinator for emergencies, stated the annual race usually drew at the very least 1,000 runners from areas which might be at the moment thought of an infection hotspots.
“For non-professional sporting events, the recommendation is to postpone or suspend them, particularly events with a high number of participants from risk zones,” he stated.
“In this case, the Barcelona Marathon usually has more than 1,000 participants coming from areas which are currently risk zones.”