The annual Reykjavík Marathon event, however, will not take place on Culture Night on August 21 as planned. It was postponed to September 18. “Due to the uncertainty over the next steps on the restrictions, we are unable to host the event on August 21,” reads a statement from ÍBR, Reykjavík Sports Association.
The news comes in the wake of the Reykjavík City Council’s decision to cancel the Culture Night, which will not take place in the traditional way for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 epidemic. However, ÍBR wants to keep the hope that the marathon can be run as it is an important fundraiser for charities in Iceland.
“We don’t want to cancel the event as we know the donation from the race is very important to charities that raise funds via the hlaupastyrk.is website” – says Frímann Ari Ferdinandsson, CEO of ÍBR.
“School education and organized sports activities will start soon, and due to uncertainty about the follow-up to the epidemic, it was decided to postpone the Íslandsbanki Reykjavík Marathon by a month.”