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Thank you, London
October 4, 2020.

Save the date. Circle it on the calendar. Set your alarm. Do whatever you have to do, because you're not going to want to miss the 2020 London Marathon.

The coronavirus has taken so much from so many that it feels trivial to be celebrating anything right now. Even yesterday's announcement that London would go forward with an elite-only race on a loop course in St. James's Park was tinged with sadness; for the thousands of everyday runners who won't be getting an elite bib, their biggest race of the year was just cancelled.

But for the first time in months, we have a massive, meaningful showdown to get excited about. There's nothing virtual about this. The only two men in history to have broken 2:02 in the marathon, Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele, will race a marathon against each other, live and in person on October 4 in London. Under normal circumstances, Kipchoge vs. Bekele is a matchup the distance running world would be salivating over. But in a year in which almost every race of meaning has been taken from us, getting to see two of history's greatest distance runners square off in a major marathon feels extra special -- as if the restaurant is almost out of food and wine, but the one dish they have left is the $70 filet mignon.

So rejoice, and prepare for a London Marathon unlike any other. Only 58 days to go.
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