Africa’s Two Oceans Marathon has been cancelled amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. Two Oceans released a statement to confirm the matter.
“Following an emergency meeting of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC board on Saturday, it was unanimously decided that all Two Oceans Marathon events scheduled for 8-11 April 2020 would be cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the global spread of the coronavirus.”
The Race Director, Debra Barnes said they’ve been monitoring the status of the novel coronavirus pandemic and have consulted with public health experts and authorities to advise on the matter.
“The health and safety of the competitors, staff, sponsors and the global community are paramount and an event of this scale poses far too great a risk to continue. Guided by this priority and global best practice, the TOM NPC has made the difficult decision to cancel the world’s most beautiful ultramarathon for 2020,” explains Debra
Many runners indeed will be disappointed as Two Oceans Marathon acknowledges it, and “and is committed to ensuring a spectacular race experience for all role-players at next year’s event.”
UPDATE: Two Oceans Marathon NPC has decided to cancel #TOM2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Runner safety remains our primary concern and that cannot be guaranteed at this time. #KeepMoving #QhubekekaDeUfike https://t.co/xXTKrpjp89
— Two Oceans Marathon (@2OceansMarathon) March 15, 2020