Friday, March 13, 2020

In Which Jenn's Fifteenth Marathon Is Cancelled :(

Alas, my friends, add my name to the legions of the bummed out.


I was all set to run my fifteenth marathon next Saturday, the Wilmington Marathon in North Carolina. But like so many events, the threat of coronavirus forced the race organizers to cancel it.

I don't begrudge them this - their hands were forced by a combination of government edicts and common sense. Race communications have been very promising; we're assured that if we can just wait a bit while they organize their thoughts we'll be given an array of options including at the very least a deferral to next year at no charge. All in all the trend is one of generosity.

But I can't help but be a little sad - I trained! I planned! Now I have to do battle with Spirit Airlines customer service! Blast and damnation!

Ah well. What can ya do. I'm sure a lot of you are in similar boats, both in terms of races and also Disney trips, what with, oh, every single Disney resort closed around the world right now. Obviously we all recognize the necessity of the cancellations, but also: drat.

Speaking of which, my next trip to WDW for the Rival Run doesn't begin until April 18, so fingers crossed that this health crisis has improved enough that we can all enjoy the race weekend by then.

In the meantime, Becky at Disney In Your Day wrote a great piece on handling the anxiety of trip planning and cancellation in these trying times. I recommend it if you're currently in the throes of a similar fate.

Stay safe out there, kids!

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4 comments:

  1. I'm gutted for you. My OH had two big runs planned over the next few weeks, and they've both been cancelled. People that don't do runs like that have no idea how much planning, and training is involved. It's such a shame! xo

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    1. It's rough to watch your training trickle off! But the race organizers are bummed too and they're doing their best. We've gotta hang together so we can come back better than before. :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing my post! My half marathon at the end of this month got cancelled too (and a 5k). I have a half on April that I was going to travel to Milwaukee for but I have a feeling that won't happen either. Gotta keep training for when we can finally race again though!

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    1. I'm holding out hope for Rival Run 'cause I'm a quixotic idiot like that. >D

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