[Air Force Marathon to go virtual for second year in a row]
To get a refund, log into your race roster account. Runners should see their name. In the right-hand corner, hit the “edit registration” button, which should give a refund option.
It’s unclear how many will seek refunds. But last year’s experience may be indicative.
“I really can’t predict that, especially since we have just launched that today,” Ferguson said, referring to emails that went to runners Friday. “I can tell you that last year, the refund rate was only around 3%.”
She declined to say whether marathon organizers watched what other big marathons are doing this year. Boston Marathon delayed its 2021 run by six months, to Oct. 11. The New York City Marathon is scheduled for Nov. 7, but it offers a virtual option Oct. 23 through Nov. 7.
“I think runners do have an understanding as to why these decisions are made,” she said.
If you choose the Air Force Marathon’s virtual run, it will be similar to how the race worked last year. The marathon web site’s frequently asked questions section tells visitors: “Simply complete your race distance any day and any where between September 1-30, 2021.
“After you finish, upload your finish time to the results page. We will attempt to have in-person pickup for local participants to pick up their bib, patch, race shirt, and finisher’s medal,” the site says.
For non-local participants and those unable to pick up in-person, race organizers say they will mail bibs, finisher’s medals and other gear beginning in October.
If you have not uploaded results by Sept. 30, items will be mailed to you, the race says.