The 2020 Fort McMurray Marathon is being canceled.
The organizing committee announced on Thursday they’re scraping the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement, they note the safety of runners, volunteers, and those choosing to watch are more important than holding the annual race.
“The Fort McMurray Marathon isn’t just a race – it is a celebration of community, personal achievement, and fun. Even though we can’t be together, we won’t stop running.”
The Marathon has been a staple in the community in recent years.
The full 42.2 km race was recently introduced after the committee had only offered runners the chance to compete in a half marathon, 10 km, 5 km, and 3 km runs.
Kids were also been given the chance to test their cardio strength through the Kids Fun Run.
“This annual community event has given runners of all ages the opportunity to push their limits, reach their goals, and try something new,” read the committee’s statement.
Next year’s marathon is slated to happen on September 19.