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David Plack is still trying to come to grips that he’s not in Boston and running in his first Boston Marathon Monday. 

2020欧洲杯正规平台At the other end of the spectrum, veteran runner Jack McDermott was preparing for his 19th consecutive Boston Marathon.

2020欧洲杯正规平台And for Gebre-Egziabher Kiros, the famed 124-year-old race was scheduled to be a family reunion.

2020欧洲杯正规平台Instead, the trio – and the marathon – has been impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic. The race, which always falls on the third Monday in April, was postponed in March to Sept. 14.

2020欧洲杯正规平台“This was a 50th birthday bucket list dream of mine,” said Plack, FSU’s director of athletic bands.

2020欧洲杯正规平台Plack, however, remains hopeful he can still run the marathon in September, if it’s held.  Boston Mayor Marty Walsh acknowledged during a CNN interview last week the possibility that large gatherings like sporting events and concerts will not be able to resume until 2021.

Either way, Plack’s motivation is two-fold:

He has raised over $10,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and wants to run the marathon in memory of his brother-in-law who passed away in January 2019 from esophageal cancer.

2020欧洲杯正规平台“While there is a chance I can still run it in September, I am not so sure it’ll inevitably be canceled,” said Plack, who has run two marathons under the four-hour mark and has fundraised in past races for charity. 

“While it’s disappointing, I did raise over $10,000 for cancer research, so that’s a win in and of itself. My fingers are crossed the race runs in September.”

More than 30,000 runners competed in last year’s race and, as always, featured hundreds of thousands of cheering spectators. It had a wet start but wasn’t as cold as expected. Temperatures were in the 60s by the time many runners crossed the finish line.

2020欧洲杯正规平台One of those runners was McDermott, who clocked a 3:22:33 and was coming off a 100-mile race only weeks earlier. His wife Laura also completed her fourth consecutive Boston Marathon, and was signed up for her fifth Monday.

2020欧洲杯正规平台“I was hoping somehow, someway they would have it,” McDermott said of this year's race.  “I am disappointed but I am glad they have rescheduled it. If they have it – and am hoping they do – I will be there.”

2020欧洲杯正规平台McDermott also pointed to potential challenges to a September Boston Marathon, specifically warmer weather. There is also the backdrop of race organizers, even locally, having to reschedule or cancel races set to take place in the next few months due to the coronarivus.

“It’s difficult to keep focus because there is no racing,” McDermott said. “But I am running because it’s part of my lifestyle.”

2020欧洲杯正规平台Even though his training had been plagued by a injured hip, Kiros - also an accomplished runner and professor at Florida A&M - was looking forward to the trip to Boston and the marathon. His two adult daughters live in Boston and New York. His wife, Tsige Tadesse, ran in last year's Boston Marathon and is entered the New York City Marathon Nov. 1. 

2020欧洲杯正规平台"We were going to visit them (daughters) and everyone was excited to be together," said Kiros, who has run in two previous Boston Marathons but admitted his fitness level wasn't 100 percent for this year's 26.2-mile race due to an ailing hip.  "I was not terribly disappointed (race was postponed). …

"But it was going to be a good family vacation." 

Reach Jim Henry at jjhenry@guatemo.com.

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