The Eugene Marathon is just 10 days away and organizers are grappling with the first major terrorist attack in America in 10 years and it happened during the Boston Marathon. Sometimes marathons do get cancelled. New York had to cancel theirs a few months ago because of super storm Sandy. The Eugene Marathon is expected to draw about 8,500 runners and officials are planning on keeping the date. Yesterday the Portland Triathalon group held a support run for Boston run in Portland along the Waterfront.
The Portland Marathon (which is not until October) is dedicating their Marathon to the Boston one. “We will dedicate our Portland Marathon in October to the memory of all those impacted by this tragic Boston event. And we will provide all our finishers with a token that carries forward the remembrance of those who suffered in Boston.”
You don’t realize how many marathons go on until a newsbreaker like this happens. Up north in Washington there are a few Washington marathons (Seattle & Wenatchee) that will be happening this month and the good news is that they all plan to continue as normal but with heightened security.
Eugene Marathon officials issued this statement.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston today. We have a close bond with our friends and colleagues in the marathon running community and we will support them however we can. The Eugene Marathon will take place as scheduled and we are working with city officials, law enforcement officials and first responders to ensure the safety of our participants and spectators.