'Running is not canceled.' But the Chicago Marathon is smaller, quieter and virtual because of the pandemic.

CHICAGO — After concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic canceled marathons around the world, Chicago runners re-imagined the traditional 26.2-mile route this weekend, with groups across the city embarking on “virtual” and socially distanced runs.Greg Hipp, executive director of the Chicago Area Runners Association, said virtual marathons emerged after it became clear that mass gatherings would be canceled because of the pandemic.“Virtual marathons let people run from anywhere,” he said. “It allows you to run and still reach your goals even though the marathons have been canceled.”Virtual marathon…

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