Etape Loch Ness postponed until September due to coronavirus outbreak
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ORGANISERS of the Etape Loch Ness have announced that the 2020 event has been postponed.
The race was originally due to take place on Sunday, April 26, but has been pushed back to Sunday, September 13 following consultation with government agencies, emergency services and partners of the event amid an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
A statement on the Etape Loch Ness website reads: "Public health and safety is of course our priority and as our event requires road closures and support from the emergency services we believe this is the best course of action and in the best interests of everyone including our participants, volunteers and our wider local community.
"We are understandably very disappointed to have to postpone the Etape Loch Ness as we know the many hours of training and planning that go into taking part in an event like this and that many of you will have raised significant amounts for charity.
"We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support from government agencies, the local authority, the emergency services and our community and tourism partners at this challenging time.
"We are now full steam ahead with the planning for the new date and look forward to welcoming participants to beautiful Loch Ness in September and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for our official charity, Macmillan Cancer Support."
Participants with a place will be able to keep their spot in the rescheduled event if able to participate on the new date.