The wait will still be long, very long even for running enthusiasts. But the tunnel with almost no general public running because of the sanitary conditions will end. ASO (Amaury Sport Organization), the organizer of the Paris half-marathon and marathon, announced on Tuesday that its two flagship events would take place on September 5 and October 17, 2021.
Usually placed on the calendar in early spring, the two races have been moved so that they can be held without risk of cancellation. Putting them back on their usual dates, that is to say in March and April 2021, would have been too risky. By the fall of 2021, the provision of promising vaccines under development should significantly facilitate the organization of these mass events where runners rub shoulders in great crowding. The Paris marathon alone attracts more than 50,000 participants. To reassure all future registrants, ASO said on Tuesday in a press release that before and during the race “everything will be done to (it) take place in complete safety and in strict compliance with the health rules in force” .
Faced with health imperatives, all the organizers had to reorganize. Sometimes in a hurry. We remember that the half-marathon scheduled for March 1, 2020 had been canceled the day before the race when France was to experience its first confinement a few days later. Cascading cancellations that had resulted in colossal financial losses. The sports sector, professional and amateur, also meets the Head of State, Emmanuel Macron, this Tuesday with the intention of asking him for an aid plan.
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How will the registrations for these two events go? For neo-participants, they will open next March. For the others and especially the participants who had already paid their bibs for the races postponed then canceled, ASO specifies: “The practical details for the 2020 registrants were communicated to the competitors today. They will have the choice between participating in the 2021 edition, being reimbursed or giving themselves time to reflect. “
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