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Steamboat Classic canceled amid novel coronavirus pandemic

PEORIA (HOI) -- The 47th annual Steamboat Classic race has been canceled, organizers announced on their Facebook page Tuesday.

The race was already postponed from Father's Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, but the organizers said they are taking "an abundance of caution" due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

"The health of participants, volunteers, and others forced this decision. Recently, the Peoria Park District, the event’s original Sponsoring Partner, announced it was cancelling all Riverfront events through September," the Facebook post read.

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Posted by Steamboat Classic on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

“We’ve been monitoring the latest information from local and state health officials, but we can’t guarantee that it will be safe to gather a large crowd of runners and walkers in early September,” said Race Director Philip Lockwood. “Given this uncertainty, we don’t believe it is feasible to host our event this year. We know the Steamboat Classic is a tradition for our participants, volunteers, sponsors and community. Hence, we delayed making this difficult decision as long as possible. We appreciate everyone’s understanding. “

The Steamboat Classic will offer options to those already registered for this year's event, including automatic deferral to 2021 or free refunds.

To request a refund, click here.

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