Those hoping to run the inaugural Plymouth’s Long, Hard & Dirty Ultra in April are out of luck. Those willing to wait a few months longer, however, might luck out.
The race was originally scheduled for April 18, but on Wednesday the race organizers announced that they have postponed the race until October 10 at Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth, Mass.
The Plymouth event is the fifth Massachusetts ultra to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first four events were canceled; Plymouth is the first to postpone its race until later in the year.
“No, we are not cancelling the race, but unfortunately we must postpone,” organizers announced in a post on Facebook. “We have worked with the DCR Myles Standish State Forest to find a date that will allow us to use the same course as well as starting and finish location at Charge Pond. Due to the high volume of visitors and campers during the summer months we will be moving the race to Saturday, October 10th. The campgrounds will be closed at that time of year and the temperature is usually good for running.”
Runners who were entered in the April race and would like to run the October event will have their registrations automatically transferred. Those who would like refunds are asked to email the race directors by April 3.