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Runners react to Beach to Bay postponement

Beach to Bay has been postponed to May 2021
Posted at 7:42 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 20:42:49-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Sporting events all over the world have been canceled or delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Now, add the 2020 Beach to Bay Marathon Relay event to the list.

Race director Doug McBee Jr. announced this morning the race would not be run as scheduled on May 16 and will be pushed back to October.

"About three days ago, people just stopped registering," McBee said.

The May 16 date is actually outside the eight-week social distancing advisory sent out by the CDC, but the race organizers remained uneasy.

"Even if we were able to have the race on May 16, I don't think the situation would have cleared up enough," McBee said.

The delay has left local runners disappointed.

"I think people look forward to this event every year," local runner Mari Marlow said.

Marlow is the owner of the Fleet Feet running story. She says the outbreak of COVID-19 has hurt her store.

"We definitely see people come in for shoes, training and help but we have seen a lot less people."

Runners remain optimistic that the race will take place on the new October date.

And they say there is a silver lining: it won't be nearly as hot outside.