NEW YORK (77 WABC) — The New York City Marathon, scheduled for November 1, has been canceled. It’s yet another casualty of the coronavirus.
“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,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We look forward to hosting the 50th running of the marathon in November of 2021.”
Event organizer New York Road Runners decided to pull the plug on the world’s largest marathon due to coronavirus concerns for everyone involved, including the tens of thousands who line streets in support of runners.
NYRR will connect directly with runners registered for the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon by July 15 for more details, including an option to take a full refund of their entry fee or guaranteed complimentary in one of the next three events.
“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,” said Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. “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.”
The 2020 #TCSNYCMarathon, set to take place on Nov. 1, has been canceled due to coronavirus-related health and safety concerns. Registered runners will be contacted by July 15 regarding their cancellation resolution options, including a refund. Learn more: https://t.co/8TlWiekDss pic.twitter.com/mUnrcCayaz
— TCS New York City Marathon (@nycmarathon) June 24, 2020