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Reykjavík Marathon cancelled

19.08.2021 - 15:11
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Reykjavík Marathon 2021 is now cancelled outright after first being provisionally postponed until 18th September. After conversations with the Ministry of Health, the civil protection agency, and others, the organisers of the marathon have decided not to take the chance.

A statement from the Reykjavík Sports Union says it was not possible to take the risk without putting extra pressure on the civil protection agency, police, fire brigade, the City of Reykjavík, schools, and the sporting community by holding the marathon this year. Everything has been considered, but the biggest obstacle is the assembly limit, which is currently 200 people and is unlikely to have been completely lifted before 18th September.

Frímann Ari Ferdinandsson, the head of the Reykjavík sports union, says the news is a blow to runners and the good causes they support. “We cannot hold the Íslandsbanki Reykjavík Marathon with fewer than 500 in each zone/group. Given the situation now and the uncertainty surrounding the future, it doesn’t look like more than 100-200 will be able to assemble in competition by the 18th September. This has been a long process and a difficult decision.” He adds, in further explanation, that around 15,000 runners have taken part in each marathon in recent years. 

Instead of the marathon, the sports union has set up “Hlauptu þína leið” (Run Your Own Way), which asks people to run independently and support the charities of their choice through the website. Runners are encouraged to ‘run their own way’ between 21st August and 20th September. 

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