Copenhagen half marathon canceled

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-07 21:33:56|Editor: huaxia

COPENHAGEN, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The Copenhagen Half Marathon, set to be held on September 13, has been canceled, organizers revealed on Tuesday.

"Sparta Athletics & Running and Danish Athletics have had to cancel this year's half marathon in Copenhagen because of the serious situation with COVID-19, and because of a lack of guidelines for major events during the rest of the year," read a statement.

Since its first race in 2015, the event has become a staple of the international sporting calendar, attracting 25,000 participants in 2019, with last year's winner Geoffrey Kamworor setting a world record over the distance.

However, the event's international success has been a major contributory factor to the decision to cancel the event this year, according to Sparta director Dorte Vibjerg.

"After last year, the international running scene really caught the eye of our event, and this year 42 percent of all signed-up participants are from abroad, with many now being confused about transport and accommodation under the current rules," Vibjerg told Danish television.

Organizers are now working on plans for the 2021 race, scheduled to be held on September 19 that year. Enditem