2020, Painful Decision Due to COVID-19
On July 1st, Tsuruga City announced the suspension of the 39th Tsuruga Marathon, which was scheduled to take place on October 18th in Fukui Prefecture’s Tsuruga City, as a preventative measure against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. The Tsuruga City Board of Education stated, “Because of the difficulty in guaranteeing the security of the participants and staff, it is a painful decision”, asking for understanding.
Popular within and outside Fukui Prefecture, the preeminent marathon lets its runners enjoy the scenery of the port city, with 2,549 entrants last year. A number of solutions were explored, such as holding the event while limiting entry to only the city residents; however, it was determined that it is not possible for the runners to avoid forming crowds during the start and finish points, and throughout the course.
The Tsuruga Marathon had also been suspended in 2017 and 2018 due to the Fukui SHIAWASE GENKI National Athletic Meet/Tournament and its pre-tournament.