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What The LA Marathon Is Doing To Address Coronavirus Fears

Men's elite runners take their mark at the 2019 Los Angeles Marathon. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Conqur Endurance Group)
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A growing list of events and conferences have been cancelled over coronavirus fears, but the Los Angeles Marathon is still happening this Sunday.

Organizers say they're coordinating with the city's Emergency Management Department along with police, fire and other city agencies to ensure public safety. Among the precautions being taken:

  • Extra hand-sanitizing stations will be placed at the race expo, along the route, and at the start and finish lines
  • Encouraging partipants to follow safety measures, including washing their hands and staying home if they feel sick
  • Participants from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy, South Korea, and Iran have had their entries deferred — these are countries to which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended avoiding nonessential travel

On that last point, Dan Cruz with the L.A. Marathon says participants with deferrals will be able to participate in next year's race.
Our own reporter Sharon McNary will be running the marathon this weekend and plans to provide some live updates on KPCC.