Runners in the Boston Marathon may get a supportive kiss from college students at the halfway mark under normal circumstances. However, the race organizers urge that we refrain from doing so during Monday’s event as much as possible.

For the first occasion since April 2019, the Boston Marathon is scheduled to take place on Monday morning, after Covid-19’s cancellation of the 2020 marathon and a postponement of the 2021 race to the current date.

The Boston Marathon Respectfully Requests You Refrain From Kissing

In order to avoid the spread of the virus, the organizers made certain policy modifications or suggestions, which included opposing an affectionate custom.

Students from Wellesley College have lined a section of the 26.2-mile course around the halfway point for many years, creating a “scream tunnel” for them.

The Boston Marathon Respectfully Requests You Refrain From Kissing

Runners are encouraged by waving placards and cheering them on. They are also given high-fives, and some are even kissed.

Marathon officials anticipate that the signs will be present again this year, except without the accompanying smooch offers. According to race organizers, “the (Boston Athletics Association) highly urges everyone to (exercise) personal responsibility” ahead of Monday’s marathon, which “may include abstaining from kissing a stranger near the halfway point.”According to Sydne Ashford, a senior at Wellesley, “students are very enthusiastic about maintaining the college’s history of cheering on the runners.”

According to Ashford, the Munger House president, students’ excitement has been heightened by the delays and cancellations, who notes that seniors are often the only ones who have had the opportunity to participate in the past. Because of the epidemic, she believes that the public will warmly accept the anti-kissing guidelines.

“Everyone understands that (kissing) is not Covid-safe, and no one would leave here with the impression that (kissing) was indeed the best public health option.” The act of kissing was not the only thing that was forbidden. The general public is also not permitted to feed or drink the racers, according to the organizers. In order to avoid taking water or food from spectators, they urge runners to consume only “BAA-provided course nourishment.”

The marathon’s organizers have established other additional demands or criteria for runners for this year. Participants were needed to either provide evidence of vaccination or obtain a positive Covid-19 test result during the weekend before to the race, which took place a few days before the event. Participants must also wear masks on buses that take them between Boston to the starting location in Hopkinton and must wear masks during the indoor Boston Marathon Expo, which is located in the Boston Convention Center.

The number of participants has also been limited to about 20,000, with the aim of making start and finish areas less congested than they would otherwise be. More than 9,200 candidates who would have qualified under normal circumstances were turned away. The start timings for Monday’s event are staggered, with wheelchair racers as well as professional athletes going out first. The rolling start for the general field will begin at 9 a.m. It is anticipated that the marathon will return to its usual April date in the following year, and registration for that event will open later this month.