According to a press release sent out from Grandma’s Marathon on Tuesday, March 31st, the 2020 version of Grandma’s Marathon has been cancelled.
It is stated in the press release that there will be a virtual race where you can upload your time into the website on your own and get a medal/t-shirt along with a 20% discount for next season’s race. It is unclear if they are giving out any refunds.
Here is part of the release:
This is not the news that we wanted to be sharing with our running community, but after very careful deliberation, we have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Grandma’s Marathon Race Weekend of events. The staff and board of Grandma’s Marathon along with our medical and public agency leaders believe this is the responsible action to take in an effort to keep everyone safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and not take valuable resources away from our local health system. The health and safety of our participants, volunteers, sponsors, spectators, staff and community remains our top priority. We know this news is very disappointing, and all of us at Grandma’s Marathon feel the same, but we know that this is for the best.
We are extremely grateful for all of our faithful supporters during this unprecedented and challenging time. Heading into our 44th annual race weekend, we have never had to cancel Grandma’s Marathon so we ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate these new waters. Taking into account all of the planning and preparation that is coordinated within our organization and with our partners in the community, unfortunately, postponement is not a viable option. As a small, Minnesota Nonprofit organization with the assistance of our sponsors and community, we pride ourselves on hosting a world-class event with small-town charm each and every year. In order to preserve our ability to continue to provide the Grandma’s Marathon experience to the running community for years to come, we must uphold our no refund and no deferment policy. The time and effort that goes into planning for race weekend are well underway, and a significant portion of our expenditures have already occurred and are irreversible.