Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon to postpone May event in San Diego

Melvin Coleman Jr. carried an American flag in the 2019 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. This year's event has been postponed, with plans to reschedule to a still undetermined date in the fall.
(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The annual marathon won’t be held in late May as planned but organizers hope to reschedule for the fall

This year’s Rock ‘N " Roll Marathon will no longer be held in late May, as originally planned, but organizers intend to reschedule for the fall, they announced Friday.

In an email sent to marathon participants, the organizers said the decision was made based on advice from public health agencies and local authorities with regard to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“The new 2020 event date, which is currently being finalized with local officials, will be communicated as soon as possible,” the event team assured participants in the marathon and 1/2 marathon, originally scheduled for May 30-31. “In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we recognize that the postponement may come as a disappointment.”

All of those who had already registered to participate in this year’s event will now have their registration automatically moved to the new date, organizers said. If participants cannot make the new date, they will be allowed to roll their registration over to 2021, they were informed.

“We realize that this change may impact your travel arrangements, therefore registered participants are advised to contact their travel providers immediately to inform them of your situation,” organizers advised.

The event typically attracts more than 20,000 runners, who traverse the race course to the accompaniment of live bands. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is among a number of high profile events, conventions and festivals being canceled or postponed locally and across the country amid the widening pandemic.

Still on for the moment is Comic-Con, scheduled for July. In a tweet this week, Comic-Con organizers said, “No one is as hopeful as we are that we will be able to celebrate #SDCC2020 together come July.”