Boston Marathon May Ask Athletes for Negative Virus Tests

BOSTON — Participants in this year’s Boston Marathon may be required to show proof of two negative COVID-19 tests before the race, even if they have been vaccinated.

Organizers announced the change Wednesday and say the race will also carry a $25 fee to cover costs associated with preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Boston Athletic Association President and CEO Tom Grilk says the group is “committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of participants, volunteers and the public.”

The BAA announced in January that the race would be pushed back from its traditional April running to Oct. 11.


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