The Bend Marathon has been canceled but they will offer a virtual race and deferral and refund options.
From their announcement…
“It is with heavy hearts that we’re sending this out to you. It has become clear that due to the COVID-19 developments and updated CDC guidelines, it is in the best interest of our running community to cancel the upcoming Bend Marathon on April 19. It was our dream to provide you with an amazing event that we’ve been working on since July, and provide you with an experience that you wouldn’t soon forget. It was going to be awesome!
We know how important this race was for many of you, whether it was traveling to Bend from around the country to experience all it has to offer, or you were coming from across town for your very first half marathon. You are all an important and critical part of making this a great event and we thank you for choosing us.
Up until late yesterday we were working on creative ways to still hold the races while adhering to social distancing mandates. We believed that we could modified our course, allowed “rolling” starts to keep everyone safe, and provide a virtual option for those that opted not to travel. The new guidelines will not even allow this level of distancing with an event of our size, and we do not want to compromise the health of our participants, volunteers, vendors and others who help make this event possible.
However, while the physical event must be cancelled, we are going to try and turn the 2020 Bend Marathon into the most fun virtual event you’ve ever been a part of.”