Sendai International Half Marathon announced on Apr. 5 that this year's race, which had been scheduled to take place on a reduced scale in May, has been canceled. An official announcement is due later today. It is the second year in a row that the race has been canceled.
Entrants will receive commemorative goods by mail at a later date. Details on refunds of entry fees will be posted on the event website once they have been finalized. In normal years the race is a major event, drawing over 10,000 people from across the country to run through the fresh green streets of the city of trees.
This year's race had been scheduled to have only 4,000, one of the countermeasures planned against the spread of the coronavirus. But with Miyagi prefecture currently leading Japan in number of new infections per capita, most of them in Sendai, the decision was made to cancel. Miyagi was one of three prefectures placed under a limited state of crisis on Apr. 5 in relation to the spread of the virus.
translated and edited by Brett Larner