Sorry runners: The Minneapolis Marathon has been officially canceled


The Minneapolis Marathon has been canceled.

The race, along with the half marathon and relay, were scheduled for June 5, but Team Ortho, which organized the race, announced Wednesday afternoon they were forced to cancel them.

"We understand that you have worked very hard to prepare for your race. Our goal is to host running events that provide people with the motivation to train, prepare and lead active, healthy lives. We know this cancellation is a disappointment to you and disrupts your plans and your running life. We apologize for both the disappointment and the disruption."

Roughly 2,400 runners were registered for the marathon, according to reports. And many were disappointed and frustrated with the news, posts on the event's Facebook page show.

Those registered for the race are being offered full refunds or the chance to apply the race fees to another Team Ortho race. Click here for more information.

Why was it canceled?

Because of permits.

Team Ortho, which organized the race, said last week it wouldn't be able to hold the race on the original course because of bridge construction because it couldn't secure permits for the course.

Jennifer Ringold, deputy superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, told Runner's World that it informed race organizers in August that there were problems with the course – it ran along West River Parkway, which has been closed for two years, and over Franklin Avenue Bridge, which is under construction, MPR News said.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board spokesperson Dawn Sommers told MPR News that it denied the permits because Team Ortho failed to finalize a route "despite our attempts to work with them to get a route and other details confirmed."

The permits were denied May 16, Runner's World says. And Team Ortho looked for alternatives, but weren't able to establish a new course by June 5, organizers said.

This isn't the first time Team Ortho has canceled or changed an event. According to Runner's World and the Star Tribune, organizers canceled a duathlon last August, and have been criticized for changing start times and racecourses on short notice, among other things.

Team Ortho has held 61 events over the past five years, according to the company's website.

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