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Due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, a popular Jefferson City event has been canceled this year.

The 9th annual Prison Break Race will not be held, the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Friday.

The event, a 4-mile marathon that begins at the old Missouri State Penitentiary, was scheduled to take place Aug. 29.

The CVB decided to cancel the race to ensure the health and safety of race participants, volunteers and spectators.

"We felt the best course of action was to cancel the race this year given the current circumstances related to the pandemic," CVB Executive Director Diane Gillespie said in a news release. "We will miss seeing those smiling faces at the finish line, but look forward to seeing everyone next year."

Also canceled is the Catch Me If You Can Fun Run organized through the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

Catch Me If You Can is a wet and muddy obstacle course spanning several miles throughout Ellis-Porter Riverside Park, for youth ages 6-17. It was scheduled to take place simultaneously with the Prison Break Race.

Anyone who registered for the event will be issued a refund. For any questions, call JC Parks at 573-634-6482.

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