Michael McDuffie and Annie Gagliardi, co-Race Directors for the Trail Animals Running Club’s TARC Spring Classic, hoped their race on April 25 in Weston, Mass., would be able to avoid cancellation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they let runners know not to get their hopes up. Just days ago, McDuffie pegged the chances of the race taking place at “15.2 percent.”
On Wednesday evening, the percentage dropped to zero when McDuffie made the announcement that the race was canceled.
“Given the more recent recommendation and rule updates we’ve made the tough decision to cancel the TARC Spring Classic 2020 Edition,” McDuffie wrote on the TARC Facebook page. “We’ll be bummed we all can’t get together on that day but we know it’s for the best.”
Runners at every distance, be it the 10K, half marathon, marathon or 50K ultramarathon, paid a $22 entry fee.
“TARC is 100% based on volunteer effort and no one ever gets a dime for their time so in terms of your race entry fee, we are planning on the following,” McDuffie wrote. “We normally distribute a portion of the race proceeds to Weston’s conservation efforts and we’d like to continue doing that this year, but a larger portion of it. In addition we will extend an offer of a 50% discount code when signing up for the Spring Classic next year that you can use.
“If the coronavirus and its response has caused you financial hardship and a refund of your entry fee will help, please let the race directors know.”
The Spring Classic is the second TARC race to be canceled due to COVID-19, and the third in Massachusetts to do so. The TARC To Hale and Back 6-Hour Ultra was supposed to take place March 22, but it was the first ultra in the state to cancel. Additionally, the Cape Cod Trail Race on April 19 also has been canceled.
McDuffie and Gagliardi are exploring the possibility of setting up a virtual race on April 25 in lieu of the Spring Classic. Details are not yet available.