2020 Long Beach Marathon canceled, but organizers say it will live on virtually

This year’s Long Beach Marathon weekend, normally held in October, has officially been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced today.

Runners can still participate online for a “virtual run” where they will be sent a t-shirt, medal and swag bag if they run the race on their own by submitting a photo or link to a tracking device showing the date and distance ran. Or, they can defer their registration to the 2021 race.

Until now, race organizers had tried to plan their way around the pandemic, with more safety protocols and alterations to the marathon, event manager Natalia Mendez said.

“We know many of you share our disappointment that the Long Beach Marathon cannot take place this year—it’s difficult but a necessary precaution that we support,” Mendez said.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.