BOSTON, MA – APRIL 15: Runners cross the finish line on Boylston Street during the 123rd Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts on April 15, 2019. (Staff Photo By Christopher Evans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
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The Boston Marathon has been postponed to Sept. 14, the mayor announced today.

As the Herald reported today, a source has said the iconic race needed to be pushed back to the fall to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

In a short announcement today, a City Hall official said: “Mayor Martin J. Walsh will be joined by Governor Charlie Baker, Chief Executive Officer of the Boston Athletic Association Thomas Grilk, and President and CEO of John Hancock Marianne Harrison to make an announcement regarding the 2020 Boston Marathon.”

A source confirmed to the Herald that leaders from all the municipalities along the parade route have been in discussions about pushing the race off for months.

The potential to reschedule comes as concerns over the global coronavirus pandemic continue to grow. No final decision was announced on Thursday, but one is expected as soon as Friday.

Major sports leagues including the NBA, NHL and MLB have all suspended their current schedules. Many NFL teams have pulled scouts off the road and universities across Massachusetts and nationwide have announced plans to send students home and shift to online learning.

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