Marathon skaters also see NK disappear from the calendar

Because of the coronacrisis, the KNSB decided that the NK marathon on artificial ice will not take place on 1 January. The NK would take place in Alkmaar.

The marathon skaters have been on the side all season. Since the Cabinet banned all sports competitions on 13 October, no more marathons could be skated.

The marathon skating does not have the top sports status, unlike the long track skating and the short track. Thats why those disciplines continue.

Gary Hekman wins in 2020 with the men, Irene Schouten among the women:

The KNSB consults with the NOC*NSF to consider marathon skating as a top sport competition. In that case, according to a modified calendar, some competitions could be held in 2021.

Many skating rinks are currently closed, which means that there are also very limited training opportunities for the skaters.