In the midst of the novel coronavirus crisis both in Japan and abroad and in light of the disease's constantly changing impact and the difficulty of assessing the future situation, the organizers of the 2020 Fukuoka Marathon, scheduled for Nov. 8, have made the decision to cancel this year's race. We apologize to everyone who had looked forward to the Fukuoka Marathon and to everyone involved with it, but we ask for your understanding. We hope that the coronavirus crisis comes to an end quickly and that everyone can return to their daily lives, and we ask you all to take care of both your physical and mental health until that day comes.
--the Fukuoka Marathon Organizing Committee
Translator's note: This is the mass-participation Fukuoka Marathon, not December's elite Fukuoka International Marathon. The Fukuoka Marathon had earlier suspended opening entries for this year's race as it assessed the feasibility of staging a race with a field of over 10,000 given the current circumstances. The Nov. 1 Toyama Marathon and Nov. 29 Osaka Marathon have likewise suspended opening registrations, while the Oct. 18 Chiba Aqualine Marathon, Oct. 25 Mito Komon Manyu Marathon and Nov. 22 Tsukuba Marathon have canceled outright. All of these races have fields of 10,000 to 15,000 except Osaka, which last year had 31,594 finishers to rank it among the world's ten biggest marathons.
translated by Brett Larner