Engadin Skimarathon

Important communication: Engadin Ski Marathon cancelled to avoid Coronavirus

Read the communication of the Organising Committee

Here under read the communication published few hours ago on the Engadin Ski Marathon website:

The Engadin Skimarathon 2020 will not take place. Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the health authorities of the canton of Grisons have imposed a ban on holding large-scale events with supraregional import in the Southern Grisons until 8 March. As a consequence, the Engadin Skimarathon, the Engadin Women’s Race, the Engadin Night Race, and the St. Moritz Supersprint will not take place this year. The Engadin Skimarathon is the world’s second-largest cross-country skiing event.

The biggest cross-country skiing festival of the Alps, the Engadin Marathon Week 2020, will not be held. On Thursday, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the health ministry of the canton of Grisons has decreed the cancellation of all public events in Southern Grisons. On Wednesday, two cases in the Upper Engadine valley were confirmed to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

«We very much regret having to cancel the Engadin Marathon Week after all, but the health of our participants, our volunteers, and the general population comes first,» explained Menduri Kasper, CEO of Engadin Skimarathon. The cancellation impacts close to 17,000 participants of the five competitions of the Engadin Marathon Week. The organiser will inform the participants on the administrative steps following the imposed cancellation by the end of March.

The Engadin Skimarathon is the world’s second-largest cross-country skiing event. It has only been cancelled twice since it began in 1969. The Engadin Women’s Race, which was due to be held this coming Sunday, is the second-largest cross-country skiing event in Switzerland.

Information for all participants

Dear friends of the Engadin Skimarathon

It is with great regret that we must inform you that we have to cancel the Engadin Marathon Week at short notice. Given the spread of the coronavirus in Europe – with two confirmed cases just nearby – the authorities had no choice but to impose a ban on all major events such as our cross-country skiing races for the next ten days.

We are all very disappointed that we shall not be able to welcome you to the Marathon, the Women’s Race or the Night Race, which would have crowned off a fabulous cross-country skiing season in the Engadine. We, along with all our volunteers and hosts in the Engadine Valley, would be all the more pleased to have you join the largest cross-country skiing festival in the Alps next winter.

We will get back to you as quickly as possible with information on how we will be handling the reimbursement of the registration fee, and which amounts will be refunded. Before we can do so, we must figure out the costs that have been incurred so far despite the cancellation, how high the revenue shortfalls are, and how much we can economise. Rest assured that we shall reimburse or credit you towards your next registration with as much as possible. We will let you know by the end of March. (There is no coverage by the cancellation insurance of Europäische Reiseversicherungun).

Sadly, all that’s left to say is to wish you an excellent end of the winter season. To those of you who have booked hotels or apartments, we suggest you still make your trip to the Engadine. The conditions of the cross-country skiing tracks and Alpine skiing slopes are still excellent.

Best regards,

In the name of the organising committee and the volunteers of the Engadin Skimarathon

Menduri Kasper, CEO

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