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Boston Marathon canceled for 1st time in 124-year history

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Jared Ward, Dathan Ritzenhein, Hayato Sonod

FILE – In this April 15, 2019, file photo, Jared Ward, center, of Mapleton, Utah, leads the pack in front as they run the course during the 123rd Boston Marathon in Natick, Mass. Footwear will be a the forefront at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials this weekend in Atlanta. No matter what time the marathoners turn in or how well they run, the they know their shoes will be the real headliner.(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon has been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history.

Organizers said Thursday that they instead will have a “virtual event” in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher’s medal.

The race had originally been scheduled for April 20 before being postponed for five months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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