Minneapolis Marathon Cancelled For Second Time in Three Years

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Members from Team Ortho, who hosts several races, notified the 2,400 runners registered for the Minneapolis Marathon Wednesday that the June 5 races have been cancelled, the Star Tribune reported.

The email, which is posted on the race’s website, states that the race officials could not secure permits for the original course, and new routes for the marathon, half marathon and relay could not be established by June 5.

“Thank you again for your patience as we have tried to identify alternative courses for the Minneapolis Marathon,” the email reads.

While the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board denied the original course permits just last week, race officials were made aware of the potential problems last August.

According to the Star Tribune, the initial route took place on roads that were closed or under construction. After suggesting to move the marathon to Dakota County, the board denied it because it traveled along property owned by the University of Minnesota.

Runners were presented with two options: they could receive a full refund for the $95 registration fee, including a 25 percent discount on a future Team Ortho event, or free registration to any two Team Ortho races through January 2017. Those who choose the second option will also receive either a $20 gift certificate to the gear store, or the 2016 Minneapolis Marathon gear and medal mailed to their homes.

Participants are to decide by June 5. Team Ortho has four half-marathons in the next seven months for runners to register for, according to the email.

“We understand that you have worked very hard to prepare for your race. Our goal is to host running events that provide people with the motivation to train, prepare and lead active, healthy lives,” the email says.

“We know this cancellation is a disappointment to you and disrupts your plans and your running life. We apologize for both the disappointment and the disruption.”

The Minneapolis Marathon was also cancelled in 2014 due to a forecast of lightening.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.