Cairo Runners, the leading running community in Egypt, has announced the cancellation of a marathon that was set to be held in Alexandria on 25 October in collaboration with Alexandria Runners, another established running community.
"We've been trying for some time to confirm that the Alex Marathon can be held as planned, but unfortunately we were informed today that this will be difficult in the current period and so the event had to be cancelled," Cairo Runners said in a statement, adding that participants will receive a full refund, and that they will be contacted via email with details on how the refund process will take place.
"We'd like to apologise to everyone who has registered or was planning on running in Alexandria on the 25th, to those who already booked their trips, and to those whose training schedule might have been affected by the cancellation," the statement said.
"Our goal has always been to make people happy and make it easier for them to run everywhere, but some things are beyond our control."
Cairo Runners was one of the earliest pioneers in encouraging Egyptians to adopt a healthier, more energetic lifestyle, taking to the streets for early runs each Friday, and choosing different locations through the capital each time.
The Alexandria marathon was to comprise five types: the 42km full marathon, the 21km half marathon, the Fun Run, Family Run, and finally the latest addition; the Para Race.