I don't know about you but when this COVID-19 pandemic causes a person to not be able to run from a prison, there's something definitely wrong! I hope you know I'm joking!

As with most athletic events from around not only our area but across the country and around the globe, cancellations are becoming a common occurrence. Well, we have one that affects runners from all across the state of Missouri and possibly from surrounding states.

According to the Jefferson City Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the 9th annual Prison Break Run is being cancelled amid coronavirus concerns. According to a press release from the JCCVB:

To ensure the health and safety of all of our race participants, volunteers, and spectators, this year’s Prison Break has been cancelled due to COVID-19-related concerns.
This would have been the 9th year for the annual race, which begins at the Missouri State Penitentiary.  Also included in the press release was information concerning a run that coincides with the Prison Break run. The cancellation also affects the Catch Me If You Can Fun Run, organized through Jefferson City Parks.
Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Diane Gillespie said, "We felt the best course of action was to cancel the race this year given the current circumstances related to the pandemic."
Gillespie went on to say that the smiling faces at the finish line will be missed, but everyone from the Jefferson City Convention and Visitor's Bureau looks forward to seeing everyone at next year's event.