As the coronavirus spread throughout the country last spring, marathoners heard this: "On your mark. Get set. Wait."
After a year and half without races, soon the last word will be "Go!"
Starting late summer, several marathons in big cities will be back. Plans have been made, and people have signed up for those 26.2-mile races in Boston, London, Tokyo, Chicago and other locales.
All this news makes runner Jeff Dengate happy. "I have not run at all in the last 18 months. I'm really bumming out," he says.