The Race-Mania Summit and Expo announced on Thursday, March 12, that the Trails in Motion Film Festival at Race-Mania has been postponed in response to the coronavirus.
The Film Festival, which was to take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Boston University’s Fit Rec Center as a part of the broader Race-Mania event, will be rescheduled for a later date, organizers announced via Facebook.
The announcement followed a Wednesday night email to Race-Mania registrants from organizer Mark Walter of Sun Multisport Events, at which time he also announced other components of Race-Mania were being reduced or canceled.
“After many months of planning and coordination, it is with great disappointment that I announce we are significantly reducing the scale of this Sunday’s RACE-MANIA Summit and Expo due to the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This indoor event was tracking to draw 1,500+ attendees and despite precautionary measures that would be implemented to help mitigate the health risk, ultimately, I decided it was not in the best interest of the health and safety of those coming to the event to continue with it as planned,” Walter wrote.
Among the canceled components were the expo, a 4×1600-meter relay run, a 4×200-yard swim challenge, and the Marathon Physical Therapy Fitness and Wellness Lounge. Additionally, all seminars were canceled, including one from local ultrarunner Joe McConaughy who was slated to host a “Lessons Learned from My World Record Run of the Appalachian Trail” presentation as a lead-in to the Film Festival.
Films scheduled to be shown were “Coming Home – Ag Teacht Abhaile” about Ireland native and San Francisco resident Paddy O’Leary; “Frosty” about New Zealand native and professional ultrarunner Anna Frost; “Human Powered” about the Finlayson Arm 100K on Vancouver Island; and “Leadman: The Dave Mackey Story” from filmmaker and ultrarunner Billy Yang.
“Our plan is to reschedule the showing of the films for another date, most likely, in the spring,” Walter noted in the Facebook announcement. “Since we’re postponing, not canceling, we aren’t offering refunds. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we figure this out.”