Due to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia this year, we were forced to postpone the 2014 Liberia Marathon from 31 August 2014 to 25 January 2015 after receiving advice from medical authorities, says a statement for the organizing group of the Liberian Marathon.
It was the hope of all in Liberia that Ebola would be eradicated by January. Unfortunately, despite major progress, Ebola continues to threaten our country. While an Ebola-free Liberia by 25 January 2015 may still be a possibility, the complex process and time required to prepare for a marathon makes it impossible to hold the Liberia Marathon on the 25th January 2015 as hoped.
In this light, and in consultation with our partners, we have decided that the 2015 Liberia Marathon will be held in August 2015. The precise date will be announced shortly.
This new timing is in keeping with the tradition of the Marathon being held in August to take advantage of cooler temperatures. It also provides adequate time to ensure that Liberia is Ebola-free, guarantee the safety of all participants, and to plan a first-rate event. The Liberia Marathon Trust is also exploring the possibility of a shorter program earlier in 2015
Next year, 2015, is an opportunity to start anew. A new beginning for Liberia and a new beginning for the Marathon. The 2015 Liberia Marathon will be held in honor of those we have lost to the ebola virus, those who served on the front lines to fight it, and those who survived.
The marathon will be working with many partners over the coming months to find ways for the marathon to help fight stigma and be a true symbol of Liberia’s bright future.
The marathon would like to apologize for the inconvenience this unforeseeable delay may have caused, and to assure all runners who already registered for 2014 that their registration will remain valid in 2015.
Finally, the Liberia Marathon would like to urge the general public to continue to take every precaution to stop Ebola, to follow health advice closely, and do our best to fight stigma in all its forms, the organizers said in a press statement.
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