For the first time in its 124 year history, the Boston Marathon has been canceled. Officials announced on May 28 that earlier plans to postpone the race to September 14 were too optimistic. The Boston Marathon is the most prestigious marathon in the US and has been held annually since 1897. The marathon organizers are going to hold a virtual marathon instead, with people running the 26.2 miles remotely. It’s really saddening to have to call off one of the best weekends of the year in Boston, but with 100,000 people dead around the country, one could not do something as irresponsible as the holding of a large event, Tom Grilk, Chief Executive of the Boston Athletic Association. The marathon was originally due to take place on April 20 and then rescheduled for September 14. All registered participants for this year's race will be offered a full refund for their entry fee. The qualifying window for the 2021 marathon has been extended. Anyone who has run a qualifying time since September 2018 will be able to apply for the 2021 Marathon. Massachusetts currently has the 5th most coronavirus cases in the US and 3rd most deaths.