400 meters from the finish of Maine’s Beach to Beacon 10K. Photo by FitzFoto/NERunner
Falmouth fell and Beach to Beacon followed shortly after. The two summer blockbusters fell victim to the Coronavirus and the restrictions that have ensued as the pandemic spread.
In Cape Elizabeth, Maine, organizers pulled the plug shortly after Maine Governor Janet Mills released her timetable for the reopening of the economy on Tue. April 28.
Race founder Joan Samuelson relayed in a press release, “This has been a heartbreaking decision for all of us but is the right and only decision to be made at this time of uncertainty and unknowns.”
In the Governor’s plan, gatherings of more than 50 people would still be prohibited in July. The race date was August 1 and more than 6,500 runners had registered.
Organizers announced that the $55 registration fee would be refunded to all who had signed up.
Not so Falmouth: The race has a strict no refund policy. Last year 12,800 runners paid $75 for a total of $960,000.
With registration set to open on May 1, the Falmouth Town Selectmen voted on Monday, April 27 to cancel all special permit events in the town through August. Falmouth was scheduled for August 16.
In other news, the adidas Boost Games, slated for May 16 on the streets of Boston, have been cancelled with a return in 2021 promised.