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Despite being urged to stay off course, at least 1 runner took to Boston Marathon route – WCVB Boston

Monday would have been the day that thousands of runners lace up their shoes and run the historic Boston Marathon course. Organizers and authorities have postponed the race originally scheduled for Monday until Sept. 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic.Instead, state leaders and race organizers are making a desperate plea. Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and the BAA have been asking runners to stay home.Officials are concerned about social distancing and the runners taking valuable first responder resources away from coronavirus patients who really need the help.Despite the pleas, at least one person started running the course in Hopkinton early Monday. The marathon generates millions of dollars for Boston-area businesses — in addition to bringing in millions for a host of charities. The BAA is offering refunds to anyone who entered — and can’t run Sept. 14, the date the race is rescheduled.From Hopkinton to Boston, marathon absence is seen and feltSince 1924, Hopkinton has been the starting line for the world’s most prestigious road race and, like Marathon and Athens themselves, the two are enduringly linked.“It gets stronger and stronger every year, this relationship,” said Tim Kilduff, a longtime Hopkinton resident and former Boston Marathon race director. “We see it as: The spirit of the marathon resides in Hopkinton, and we lend it out one day a year.”From the starting line in this leafy Colonial town to the finish on Boylston Street, residents and runners are preparing for a spring without the Boston Marathon — the first in 124 years. “Tradition’s an overused word. But this really is a rite of spring,” Kilduff said. “So this year it will lead into a beautiful fall season in New England.”The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Monday would have been the day that thousands of runners lace up their shoes and run the historic Boston Marathon course.

Organizers and authorities have postponed the race originally scheduled for Monday until Sept. 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, state leaders and race organizers are making a desperate plea. Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and the BAA have been asking runners to stay home.

Officials are concerned about social distancing and the runners taking valuable first responder resources away from coronavirus patients who really need the help.

Despite the pleas, at least one person started running the course in Hopkinton early Monday.

The marathon generates millions of dollars for Boston-area businesses — in addition to bringing in millions for a host of charities.

The BAA is offering refunds to anyone who entered — and can’t run Sept. 14, the date the race is rescheduled.

From Hopkinton to Boston, marathon absence is seen and felt

Since 1924, Hopkinton has been the starting line for the world’s most prestigious road race and, like Marathon and Athens themselves, the two are enduringly linked.

“It gets stronger and stronger every year, this relationship,” said Tim Kilduff, a longtime Hopkinton resident and former Boston Marathon race director. “We see it as: The spirit of the marathon resides in Hopkinton, and we lend it out one day a year.”

From the starting line in this leafy Colonial town to the finish on Boylston Street, residents and runners are preparing for a spring without the Boston Marathon — the first in 124 years.

“Tradition’s an overused word. But this really is a rite of spring,” Kilduff said. “So this year it will lead into a beautiful fall season in New England.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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