Savannah may cancel Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon over virus risk


SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of Savannah says city officials are weighing whether to pull the plug on next month’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon because of concerns that the event could cause a spike in coronavirus infections.

News outlets report more than 15,000 runners, most of them from out of town, have signed up for the big race the weekend of Nov. 6.

Mayor Van Johnson said he’s not concerned about the virus spreading during the race itself, but rather that unvaccinated runners and tourists will infect others while visiting shops and restaurants.

Johnson said Savannah’s medical advisory board will soon make a decision on the marathon.

Fewer than half of Georgia residents have been vaccinated against COVID-19, though infection rates have been declining since late August.

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