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• The World's Largest Women-Only Marathon, Nagoya Cancels Mass-Participation Race Over Coronavirus

To all the runners who planned to take part in the 2020 Nagoya Women's Marathon:

We wish first of all to express our sincerest condolences to those who have lost their lives as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus, to their families, and to all those stricken ill by the virus.

In consultation with a variety of organization, the Nagoya Women's Marathon has been examining what steps we could take to counter COVID-19, which currently appears to be spreading throughout Japan. We had made plans to conduct the race under the safest possible conditions, but among the latest cases of COVID-19 infection are those in which the route of transmission is unknown. Between the Nagoya Women's Marathon and its partner Nagoya City Half Marathon over 40,000 runners, their accompanying supporters and locals would have many opportunities to gather and mingle, and in light of the new developments we could not assure with confidence that everyone would be able to participate in the event in safety.

As a result, the 2020 Nagoya Women's Marathon will be staged as an elite-only event. We apologize deeply to the tens of thousands of general division women who trained for our race with dedication for months, and to all those who had looked forward to cheering for them on race day.

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