March 12, 2020

Ebertfest, Illinois Marathon cancelled this spring due Coronavirus pandemic

Today, the 22nd installment of the Roger Ebert’s Film Festival has officially been canceled along with this year's Illinois Marathon. Both events become victims in the fight to thwart the spread of the Coronavirus now spreading throughout North America and the European continent.

Event organizers announced today that the 2020 Ebertfest, as it more affectionately know as, has been canceled amid concerns about the new coronavirus scheduled for April 14-17, 2021, at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Rohit Sarathy runs the Illinois Marathon in 2019
Rohit Sarathy, from San Francisco, CA, runs to a 202nd place overall finish at the 2019 Illinois Marathon. He finished 165th out of 694 male competitors with a time of 3:28:49 at last year's race on April 27. Organizers postponed this year's race and are hoping to schedule the 2020 installment later this year. Use the PhotoNews Photo Search tool on the right to find more photos. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

The shutdown comes on the heels of an interim policy by University of Illinois made public on Wednesday. The new policy effective March 13 by the campus restricts gatherings of more than 50 people.

That policy also affected the decision by promoters of the annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon to cancel this year's race in April. All activities on the original race weekend April 23-25 have been postponed according to a post of Facebook. The official race site has yet to update with cancellation and refund information.

According to the post, the message ended on an upbeat note that the race promotion team are working with the University to set a fall date.

"...we are overjoyed to be working with University officials to confirm a NEW race weekend date sometime in the second half of the year!" the post said. "We care about our participants and will be sharing more information on what your options are for the 2020 race weekend in the coming days."

Related Links:

2016 Illinois Marathon Photo Gallery

2018 Illinois Marathon Photo Gallery

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