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Organizers cancel Oct. 18 marathon, half marathon in Detroit amid outbreak

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon in Detroit is joining other large cities in canceling its fall event because of the coronavirus.

“In March, when our world as we knew it seemed to change, we were hopeful that we would be able to run together in October. As time has gone on, it has become clear to us that this will not be the case,” organizers said Friday.

It would have been the event’s 43rd year. It offers a 26.2-mile race that takes runners over the Ambassador Bridge to Windsor, Ontario, and back to the U.S. through the Detroit River tunnel.

There are also two half marathons: one that follows the international route and another that stays in Detroit.

Runners who had registered can participate in a virtual event, roll their registration to 2021 or 2022 at no cost or get a 50% refund. Details on the virtual races will be announced July 30.

The Chicago Marathon, New York City Marathon and Boston Marathon were also canceled.

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