New York City Marathon Canceled Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The 50th running of the race will have to wait until 2021.

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  • The 2020 NYC Marathon joins the Boston Marathon and the Berlin Marathon as the World Marathon Majors canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Runners signed up for the 2020 race will have the option for a full race refund, or they can defer their entry to 2021, ’22 or ’23.

    The 2020 New York City Marathon, the world’s largest marathon, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. This decision was jointly made by New York Road Runners, which organizes the race, and the New York City Mayor’s Office.

    “While the marathon is an iconic and beloved event in our city, I applaud New York Road Runners for putting the health and safety of both spectators and runners first,” New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said in a release. “We look forward to hosting the 50th running of the marathon in November of 2021.”

    In response to the cancellation, NYRR said it is still ironing out the details regarding refunds or deferments. According to the press release, runners will have the option for a full refund or to defer their entry to the 2021, ’22, or ’23 races. More details are expected from NYRR by July 15, which will be communicated immediately with runners.

    Charity bib runners are asked to reach out to their respective charities starting on July 1 for more information on how the charities will handle their bib allotments.

    “Canceling this year’s TCS New York City Marathon is incredibly disappointing for everyone involved, but it was clearly the course we needed to follow from a health and safety perspective,” Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of NYRR, said in a release. “Marathon Day and the many related events and activities during race week are part of the heart and soul of New York City and the global running community, and we look forward to coming together next year.”

    NYRR said they will host a virtual marathon, which runners can complete between October 17 and November 1. More details will be shared in July.

    The decision comes as most marathons, especially ones with larger participation, are being postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic—and this is the third World Marathon Major to be canceled in 2020. Boston was initially postponed from April to September before being canceled in May, and the Berlin Marathon was canceled in April. The London Marathon, rescheduled for October 4, and the Chicago Marathon, scheduled for October 11, are still set to take place later this year.

    The Tokyo Marathon was help on March 1, but only the elite field was allowed to compete. The course was closed to the rest of the participants, and there were no spectators due to the pandemic.

    The 2020 race was going to be the 50th running of the NYC Marathon, which started in 1970. The celebration will be pushed to November 7, 2021.

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