When we moved our race to December, we had high hopes that our state and world would have made progress against COVID-19 and life would have returned to some form of normalcy.
Now as we are moving closer to our new date and with cases still on the rise in California, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Berkeley Half Marathon.
We have worked tirelessly with the City of Berkeley, the State of California and our own medical advisors, with the goal to provide a safe event for our runners and volunteers. Sadly, with too much uncertainty surrounding the continued spread and rise of the virus, it is now the safer decision to cancel.
We know this decision will be met with both relief but also disappointment especially since this is the 2nd race in 3 years we have had to cancel. We know how much our runners look forward to this race and how much time and dedication goes into training for our event. We are equally heartbroken.
We also understand how the pandemic has impacted you as a runner and your investment in our race. We hope you will understand there are certain fixed costs that were made months in advance of the race and these costs are unrecoverable. Providing a refund is not a feasible option if we want to ensure the viability of the event when it is safe to do so. We appreciate your understanding of the position we are in and our need to follow our “no refund” policy that was noted in our registration materials.