After weeks of holding out hope, the organizers of the Watuppa 50K, 30K and 10K trail races announced on Monday that the event was canceled.
The organizers from Northeast Race Management LLC had scheduled the eighth annual event and third annual 50K for Sunday, May 17, at Watuppa Reservation in Fall River. Registrations were paused a month ago when the new coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, expanded its spread across the United States as part of the global pandemic and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker banned gatherings of more than 50 people, a number that quickly shrank.
With just two weeks until race day, organizers made the final decision.
“Given the ever-evolving nature of the COVID-19 health situation and the rolling guidelines and mandates implemented by the State, we regret to announce that we will not be hosting the 8th Annual Watuppa Trail Races as planned on May 17th. At this time, we will also not be setting a postponement date for this race for 2020,” the race organizers said in the official announcement on Facebook. “Our hearts wanted nothing more than to put this event on, and we’ve spent a lot of time exploring different postponement dates over the past month. However, nothing lined up well and our heads told us to proceed with caution for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.”
The race will not be rescheduled.