Amid continued concerns and restrictions related to the COVID-19 crisis, many summer events have been canceled all around the world. The REVEL Mt. Hood Marathon and Half Marathon is no exception.
The races that have attracted thousands of running enthusiasts to Mount Hood for the past two summers were scheduled for June 27, but have been canceled and are expected to resume next year.
"It's just not looking like a smart idea," said Anna Ryan, vice president of operations for the REVEL Race Series and Portland Marathon. "It's hard enough to distance in a race and you add busing to that equation and it's harder. We kind of have our hands tied."
Those who had planned to participate in the Mount Hood race can either run virtually and have their swag sent to them or defer their credit to next year's run or another REVEL series race.
Because of the costs already accrued by the event, REVEL is unable to refund fees. Those who run virtually will be recorded by REVEL, but the race will not be officially recorded as a qualifying event.
For fall REVEL events, should they be allowed to go ahead as planned, REVEL organizers plan to provide face masks, individual containers of hand sanitizer and hand washing stations to ensure runners remain healthy, besides minimizing person-to-person contact.
"We want to put as many precautions in place going forward so (people) can feel safe participating in the race," Ryan said. "Our core community of runners were not surprised, but they were still saddened. Everyone's in this for the better cause of the community and safety of the runners.
Registration for next year's race — scheduled for June 26, 2021 — will open in July.
"As much as the races are canceled, running isn't canceled," Ryan said. "We look forward to coming back bigger and better next year."
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