Boston Marathon runners may have to show two negative Covid-19 tests

Jane McGuire
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Photo credit: Boston Globe - Getty Images
Photo credit: Boston Globe - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • Boston Marathon runners may have to show two negative Covid-19 tests before taking part in this year's race, even if they have had the vaccine.

  • The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) says it will set up a programme to offer Covid testing to runners.

Runners in this year’s Boston Marathon may have to show proof of two negative coronavirus tests before taking part, even if they have been vaccinated.

In a statement, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) said, ‘Participants in the in-person race may be expected to produce up to two negative Covid-19 tests prior to Monday, October 11, regardless of vaccination status, in order to mitigate spread to participants and community members. The BAA will continue to follow the data and science and will share more information in the coming months on testing timelines and requirements.'

Runners will now be required to pay an extra $25 to cover costs associated with preventing the spread of coronavirus. The BAA has said this money will, 'support efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 including additional precautions focused on the health and safety of participants, volunteers, vendors, staff, community members, and the general public'.

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There will also be no warm-up area, to avoid runners gathering at the start. Instead, athletes will be assigned a specific start time, and there will be a rolling start in Hopkinton, where the athletes' village is traditionally located.

BAA has already announced the 2021 race will have a smaller field than normal – 20,000 rather than 30,000 – in an attempt to ensure social distancing on the course. There will also be a virtual-race option for up to 70,000 runners.

The race is due to take place on Monday, October 11, a week after the 2021 London Marathon.

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