NN Mission Marathon Featuring Eliud Kipchoge Is Delayed A Week Until April 18th and Location Is Now TBD

By David Monti, @d9monti
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(31-Mar) — Here’s the latest news on marathons and road races which have come across your editor’s desk:

NN MISSION MARATHON PUSHED BACK – The special all-elite NN Mission Marathon, originally scheduled for Sunday, April 11, in central Hamburg, has been pushed back a week to April 18, due to status of the pandemic in that area of Germany.  In addition, race organizers need to move the race to another location.  Frank Thaleiser, the managing director of event organizer MHV Running Events, said through a news release: “Of course we were quite disappointed at first, but we can understand the decision given the current situation. We are now putting all our efforts into the realization of the event at a different location and are optimistic that we will find a solution.”  World record holder Eliud Kipchoge is scheduled to take part, and maximum of 100 athletes can compete.

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ELITE-ONLY MARATHON SCHEDULED FOR TUSCANY – Thanks in part to funding from the Xiamen Marathon, a European Olympic Marathon qualification race will take place at the Ampugnano Airport in Tuscany, Italy, on Sunday, April 11.  The event is called the Xiamen Marathon & Tuscany Camp Global Elite Race and will feature some of the sport’s most recognizable marathoners, like Marius Kipserum (KEN), Suguru Osako (JPN), Angela Tanui (KEN), Leul Gebresilase (ETH), Gerda Steyn (RSA), Daniele Meucci (ITA), and Valeria Straneo (ITA).  The race will begin with a one-kilometer loop, followed by eight 5-kilometer loops and a short straight to the finish line to make the full 42.195-kilometer distance. The course is World Athletics-certified, so all athletes have a chance to record Olympic Games qualifying marks.  The complete start lists are attached courtesy of Alessio Punzi at World Athletics.

PRAGUE MARATHON MOVES TO THE FALL – RunCzech has announced that the Volkswagen Prague Marathon will be held in the fall for the first time; the event traditionally takes place on the first or second Sunday of May.  The planned date is Sunday, October 10, the same day as the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  The capacity of the event will be determined later in coordination with Czech health officials.  RunCzech will also hold a virtual version of the race from May 3, through May 31.  “We must never stop dreaming and believing,” said RunCzech president Carlo Capalbo through a statement.  “There is light at the end of this tunnel.  We’ll be there to cheer you on every step of the way, and we look forward to greeting you at the finish line with shouts of joy.”

AUSTRALIA AND ARGENTINA ALSO HOST OLYMPIC QUALIFYING MARATHONS – Elite-only marathons will be held in both Australia and Argentina in April to give athletes a chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.  In Australia, the race will be held in Sydney at the International Regatta Centre in Penrith on April 25, and be organized by Athletics Australia.  “In the same international calendar period, a number of our marathoners would normally be racing at the London Marathon, so this elite race in Sydney is an important opportunity,” said Athletics Australia president Mark Arbib through a statement.  “By creating the course for elite athletes, we are allowing our marathoners to prepare with as much certainty as possible.” In Argentina, the race will be held in Santa Rosa, La Pampa on April 18.  The Maraton Internacional A Pampa Traviesa will incorporate the Argentine national marathon championships.

SOME SPRING MARATHONS TO GO FORWARD – A few spring marathons will go forward as in-person races, despite the pandemic.  Here is a summary (not a complete list):

April:
03 – Carmel Marathon (USA)
03 – Easter Marathon (AUS)
10 – Access Bank Lagos City Marathon (NGR), C&D Xiamen International Marathon (CHN)
11 – Beverly Wuxi Marathon (CHN), Canberra Times Canberra Marathon (AUS), Maratona Sao Paulo (BRA), Xuzhou Marathon (Chinese Olympic Trials)
18 – Debno Marathon (POL/elite only), Maraton Internacional A Pampa Traviesa (ARG), Zheng-Kai International Marathon (CHN)
24 – Valley O.NE Marathon Weekend (USA)
25 – Ascension Seton Austin Marathon (USA), Mercy Health Glass City Marathon (USA)
25 – Wrexham Elite Marathon & Half-Marathon (GBR)

May:
01 – Myrtle Beach Marathon (USA)
08 – Fort Worth Cowtown Marathon (USA)
16 – Belgrade Marathon (SRB), Alexander the Great Marathon (GRE), Copenhagen Marathon (DEN), Generali Milano City Marathon (ITA)
30 – Brescia Art Marathon (ITA)

MOST SPRING ROAD RACES MOVE TO THE FALL – One by one, race organizers are moving their spring road races to late summer or the fall.  Here is a summary of some of those postponements:

August:
22 – Vitality Big Half (GBR), Generali Berliner Halbmarathon (GER), Kerzerslauf 15-K (SUI)
28 – Asics Sentrumsløpet 10-K (SWE)

September:
05 – Bath Half-Marathon (GBR), CSOB Bratislava City Marathon (SVK), Harmonie Mutuelle Semi-Marathon de Paris (FRA)
05 – Spar Women’s Challenge – Cape Town (RSA), Sportisimo Prague Int’l Half-Marathon (CZE)
06 – GTC Reedy River Run 10-K (USA)
11 – Göteborgsvarvet Half-Maraton (SWE)
12 – HASPA Marathon Hamburg (GER), Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile (USA), Meia-Maratona Internacional de Lisboa (POR)
12 – Brighton Marathon (GBR), Stramilano (ITA), Vienna City Marathon (AUT)
19 – Run Rome The Marathon (ITA)
25 – Cooper River Bridge Run (USA), Freihofer’s Run for Women (USA), NN City Pier City Half-Marathon (NED)

October:
02 – Azalea Trail Run 10-K (USA)
03 – Cardiff University Cardiff HM (GBR), 10-K Valencia Ibercaja (ESP), Virgin Money London Marathon (GBR)
10 – Bank of America Chicago Marathon (USA), Volkswagen Prague Marathon (CZE)
11 – Boston Marathon (USA)
17 – EDP Medio Maratón de Sevila (ESP), Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris (FRA), eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona (ESP), Tokyo Marathon (JPN)
24 – NN Marathon Rotterdam (NED), Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon (HKG), Oberbank Linz Donau Marathon (AUT)
29 – Jerusalem International Marathon (ISR)

November:
07 – Los Angeles Marathon Presented by Asics (USA), Zurich Marató de Barcelona (ESP)
14 – Movistar Medio Maratón Villa de Madrid (ESP)
21 – New Taipei City Wanjinshi Marathon (TPE)
28 – Limassol Marathon (CYP)

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