AUGUST 24, 2020:
Due to the government’s ongoing Covid-19 Alert Level restrictions, we regret to advise that the 2020 Wellington Marathon has been forced to cancel.
With wider New Zealand staying at Alert Level 2 for at least another week, mass gatherings are limited to 100 people. Therefore, an event of our scale is not allowed.
That this should happen days before our 35th anniversary event is especially disappointing. This event is organised by runners, so we know the frustration for participants of not getting to a goal.
As per our update on August 21, all current entrants will be rolled over to the 2021 Wellington Marathon. This will include merchandise. As per the terms and conditions of your entry, fees are normally non-refundable. But we are rolling them over to 2021 as a goodwill gesture. Information on your 2021 entry will follow when the date is announced.
In answer to the obvious question; we are beyond being able to postpone 2020 yet again. This event is our fourth covid cancellation/postponement for 2020. In such uncertain times there is too much involved in continually re-scheduling major venues, road closures, sponsors and hundreds of volunteers. Especially, as we now know, when there are no guarantees that covid restrictions would not still be in play.
Normally by this time of year we are in planning for the year ahead, so our focus now is on the future and making sure that the Wellington Marathon lives to be run another day.
While the situation we all find ourselves in is no one’s fault, we must thank entrants for their patience in these unique times, and for the myriad of emails and messages we have received in support of what we do.
Thanks too for the ongoing support from sponsors, stakeholders, service providers and our own 300-strong crew. Despite their own covid woes, every single one of these organisations have all been right behind our efforts to try and get the Wellington Marathon to the start line.
But now to 2021. Traditionally the Wellington Marathon is held in late-June/early-July, but the exact date cannot be confirmed until Sky Stadium have their other annual fixtures in place. Typically, we can announce a date during November. So keep an eye on wellingtonmarathon.co.nz and our Facebook page for further updates.
In the meantime, the only way to get life and events back to some sort of normal – whatever that may be – is to individually and collectively stay on top of our Covid-19 measures. For definitive COVID-19 information and updates refer to the Ministry of Health website.