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With many mass gathering restrictions still in place, another large fitness event has been cancelled in light of COVID-19.

The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, which is held annually in the fall, has officially thrown in the towel for 2020.

This year’s marathon, which was slated to take place on October 11th, would have been the 41st annual race of its kind.

“On May 6, the BC Government announced the next COVID-19 phases of opening up the economy and loosening restrictions,” reads a statement on the event website. “However, it was stated that the current mass gathering number of 50 will remain in effect for the foreseeable future until a vaccine is found.”

“With this in mind, the Victoria Marathon Society Board of Directors regrets that it has to cancel the 2020 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon.”

Last year’s marathon drew in over 8,000 participants, and is popular with runners across the world for its scenic west coast views.

The iconic event hosts a number of different races, including the full and half races, the 8k Turkey Trot Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run.

According to the marathon’s website, refunds on registration fees or deferrals to next year’s run will be offered.