METRO DETROIT, Mich. – The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all in so many ways, from work, to school and beyond.
Marathon runners spent months preparing for races only to have them be canceled.
Alex Beired trained for the Boston Marathon, only to have to run it in his own backyard when he qualified. That’s the reality of the 124th Boston Marathon, which went virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is a big deal. Beired said it took three years of hard work.
“If you’re a good basketball player, you can’t go and jump into an NBA game or something like that, but if you’re a decent runner and you work hard, you can run the Boston Marathon,” said Stephen Liegghio.
Legghio has qualified for the Boston Marathon three times. He ran his first marathon in 2014, qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2017 and was able to run it in 2017 and 2019. He was expecting to run it this year with Beired, but in March, the participants learned it would be postponed from it’s original April date until September 14.
Beired is still optimistic he’ll be able to get to Boston in 2021.
“I’m still looking forward for that real, real marathon in Boston next year,” Beired said. “I’ll use the virtual race to to prove myself and see how fast I can do it.”
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