Garmin Marathon canceled; organizers arrange virtual race

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Posted at 12:22 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 13:22:58-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Garmin Marathon may be canceled due to concerns over COVID-19, but runners can still participate, the Olathe Chamber of Commerce said Thursday.

The race was originally scheduled for April 18, but organizers said they’re instead moving forward with a virtual marathon.

Runners are encouraged to run the race on their own while following guidelines set forth by their municipalities and public health officials.

Participants can run the full marathon, half marathon or 10K whenever they want, or virtually join others on the previously scheduled race day.

After completing the run, the Olathe chamber said racers can share pictures or experiences on social media using the hashtag #GarminVirtual.

Each person who is registered for the race will receive a medal, bib and race T-shirt.

A portion of the race proceeds will go to the Olathe Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund.

If running isn’t your style, 41 Action News has compiled a list of other virtual events you can participate in from your couch.