The Boston Marathon Says Testing Will Occur, Regardless of Vaccination Status – Running with Miles

The marathon world is a different place now than it was two years ago and has the big marathons in major cities gear up to welcome runners again this fall, the realities of dealing with the new health measures and protocols are reshaping the whole participation part. Here is what the Boston Marathon says about their upcoming race.

Boston Marathon Will Still Require Tests from Vaccinated Runners

This year, for the first time, there are actually two separate Boston “Marathons”. We have the regular, live and in-person Boston Marathon that everyone knows and loves and we have the virtual Boston Marathon (more on that here). This week, the Boston Athletic Association put out some new details about what would be required for their 125th Boston Marathon this October.

We have already seen the Toledo Glass City Marathon require testing or vaccination certificates prior to runners being allowed to run and Boston seems to be taking this even further. Here is what they have said in their updates.

This is a somewhat surprising turn to me. I, like many others, figured that a vaccination certificate would give runners a green light to race entries around the country. But, the B.A.A. has let the door open here by saying that more information will be coming. It could just be that they want to see how the CDC is going to deal with expiration/renewal dates for the vaccine, effectiveness over time, etc.

But, double testing will be a surprise for some. My guess is it would be something like having to get tested within 72 hours of the expo and possibly a rapid test at the expo or the day before the marathon. Hopefully, by then, testing will be cheap/free or else this could be a whole other expense that runners would have to face in the marathon realm.

Another factor is whether this will turn away some runners who had already planned on running the race this year. I have already heard from many runners about their fear of either not being able to get test results in time/popping a positive (false or otherwise)/ or some other issue related to testing and then they have wasted vacation days, travel time/expense, etc. Buying insurance for the registration fee is nice but it won’t refund the other expenses that have gone to waste.

Finally, testing currently has its own challenges. In some places, you can walk right up and get tested for free. In other locations, you have to make an appointment, the tests aren’t free, and the results could take 5 days or more to come back (depending on the type of test).

For sure, eyes will be on how the B.A.A proceeds with this to determine how other marathons may handle things as well as what the procedures for marathons may look like for some time.

Do these new updates comfort you about running the Boston Marathon or would they make you less likely to participate?

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