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Youngstown Marathon canceled

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Marathon and Half Marathon scheduled for Oct. 25 was canceled on Wednesday due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Race organizers said they were not able to obtain permission to run the race in the city of Youngstown. The organizers explored other options but could not come up with a route that would be workable.

Participants will be contacted about their options which include deferring their entry fees to 2021, receiving a full refund of their entry fee money, or switching to a virtual event. Participants that want to continue their training that have already paid for their event can switch to the virtual and will receive a refund for the difference in registration price.

Additionally, those wanting to train for a virtual full or half marathon will have the option to register for those distances for a fee of $35. Links will be found online at www.youngstownmarathon.com to register for the virtual option. Virtual participants will receive a shirt and finisher medal.

No early CC meet

COLUMBUS – With the health and safety of everyone involved as the top concern and due to the large size of the event, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Early Season Cross Country Invitational, scheduled for Aug. 15 at Fortress Obetz and Memorial Park in Southeast Columbus, has been cancelled. The OHSAA’s decision was made Wednesday.

“We are very disappointed that the event is cancelled and understand that there will be frustrations from our student-athletes, but we have to put safety first,” said Bob Goldring, OHSAA Interim Executive Director. “We are meticulously moving forward with reopening our seasons for competition and appreciate the guidance of the Governor’s Office and the Ohio Department of Health. We also appreciate the cooperation of Fortress Obetz and we look forward to conducting our state championships there November 7.”

Sparked by additional interest from many schools since the course is the new home of the OHSAA cross country state championships, the OHSAA began putting schools on the wait list in mid-July and adjusted the schedule, race formats and the number of runners in each race in the hopes of providing the opportunity to participate to more schools. A decision had not yet been made regarding spectators.

Cross country events can still proceed around the state beginning August 24, as the sport of cross country has been designated as a low-contact sport by the Governor’s Office and the Ohio Department of Health. The OHSAA currently recommends smaller cross country events be held.

Clev blanks Reds

CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Clevinger didn’t have his best stuff but did enough to pitch into the sixth inning and lead Cleveland to a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night as the Indians wait for manager Terry Francona’s return.

Clevinger (1-1) worked around five walks, including three in the sixth. The right-hander’s strong start — he gave up just two hits — continued a pattern for the Indians, who have had great pitching while their offense remains in a team-wide funk.

The Indians got just four hits after winning with only three Tuesday.

Poland, Youngstown halt activities

A few Mahoniong County athletic programs were dealing with coronavirus-related suspension of activities on Wednesday.

Poland, which had halted all school activities on Monday over possible student-athlete COVID exposure, had its football team sidelined because of a player who may have had been exposed to the virus. All the rest of Poland’s school activities were allowed to go forward.

Youngstown East and Chaney athletic practices were halted on Wednesday due to an East High athlete testing positive for COVID.

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