Once again, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of a local event have had to get creative.

The news isn't all bad though as fans of the El Paso Marathon will be glad to know that the 2021 marathon is not canceled. Race enthusiasts who are concerned about their health will also be glad to know that they can compete this year without actually attending the event.

The marathon, the half marathon, and the El Paso 5K will be held Feb. 12-14, 2021 as live races. Racers who prefer to avoid large gatherings of people can participate virtually, completing their chosen distances at their own convenience and chosen location any day of the week prior to the actual race. (2/8-2/12) For more info on that and to register to race, click here. This option is also meant to keep the number of participants low enough to ensure safety and social distancing for all who do attend.

Since 2007, the race has donated approximately $300,000 to local charities and this year the beneficiaries include the Lee & Beulah Moor Children's Home, Boys and Girls Clubs of El Paso, the El Pasoanans Fighting Hunger Foodbank and others that fall under the "El Paso Marathon Charities" umbrella. If you want to help any and or each of those causes but do not want to run in the race, you can make a donation here.

In the event of unforeseen cancellations between now and the February race dates, participants will be allowed to switch to either of the upcoming 2022, 2023, or 2024 marathons with no penalty or extra fees.