LA Marathon still has green light for Sunday, but other events postpone amid coronavirus fears – Daily News

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While at least two more Southern California event organizers Saturday chose to postpone their activities, the Los Angeles Marathon is still a go for Sunday, March 8, despite amped-up concern over the coronavirus outbreak, officials said.

The Los Angeles Marathon Expo launched without incident on Friday and continued Saturday at the LA Convention Center. And athletes took part in the pre-marathon LA Big5K, winding from Dodgers Stadium through Elysian Park and back again.

LA Marathon participants wear masks as they attend the Health & Fitness Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday, March 6, 2020. The LA Marathon is planned to go forward Sunday despite LA County and city declaring a Coronavirus emergency and growing fears about the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

“The race still has the green light we are doing our best to provide as normal as experience as possible for the 27,000 entrants,” said LA Marathon spokesman Dan Cruz on Saturday afternoon. “But you will definitely see a visible difference this year, with more hand-washing stations and other measures at the expo and at the race. We are following the advice of local, state and federal authorities to assure this race is as safe as it can be.”

Cruz offered the safeguard most consistently communicated by LA County officials and others this week: “If you’re feeling sick, please stay home.”



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