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Kaleida Health Heart to Heart Relay Postponed Until 2021

Released: 3/23/2020 9:58:04 AM

The Buffalo Marathon team has made the difficult decision to postpone all Buffalo Marathon events, including the Kaleida Health Heart to Heart Relay until 2021. Registrants will automatically retain their registration for the new dates.

In their statement released today by executive director Greg Weber, they said: “We’ve taken into account all the current factors and data, and it is with heavy hearts that I, along with the Buffalo Marathon board of directors, made the difficult decision with the health and safety of everyone involved in mind to postpone the 20th anniversary of the Buffalo Marathon until Sunday, May 30, 2021. We have remained in contact with the Department of Health, and we cannot go forward in good conscience giving you hope when we have no idea when or if we will be granted the required permits to hold the event. We think you’ll agree that holding a 10,000 person gathering just weeks after being told to practice social distancing is irresponsible and goes against governmental recommendations as well as against the Marathon’s mission of doing good for the community.”

You can read their full statement here.

On behalf of the Kaleida Health Foundation, we thank our Kaleida Health staff and the community for their support of this event, which raises funds for the cardiac programs at Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute.

Most of all, the Kaleida Health Foundation and Buffalo Marathon team extends our thanks to all the nurses, doctors and staff across the system for all they are doing during this difficult time.

Carol Horton, vice president of the Kaleida Health Foundation said, “Thank you to the entire Kaleida Health family for all you’re doing on the front lines of fighting this pandemic to keep our community safe and healthy. We look forward to 2021 when we can all come together again.”