The 2020 version of the New York Metropolis Marathon has been cancelled as a result of Coronavirus pandemic, organisers have mentioned.
New York has been one of many hardest hit cities on the planet from the virus recording 388,000 confirmed circumstances and 30,927 deaths as of June 25.
The New York Street Runners, organisers of the occasion in a press release mentioned, “New York Street Runners, the occasion organiser, in partnership with the Mayor’s Workplace of the Metropolis of New York, have made the choice to cancel the world’s largest marathon attributable to coronavirus-related well being and security issues for runners, spectators, volunteers, workers, and the numerous companions and communities that assist the occasion.
“Canceling this yr’s TCS New York Metropolis Marathon is extremely disappointing for everybody concerned, however it was clearly the course we wanted to observe from a well being and security perspective,” mentioned Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Street Runners. “Marathon Day and the numerous associated occasions and actions throughout race week are a part of the guts and soul of New York Metropolis and the worldwide operating group, and we sit up for coming collectively subsequent yr.
“NYRR shall be connecting instantly with runners registered for the 2020 TCS New York Metropolis Marathon by July 15 with extra info relating to the cancellation decision particulars, together with the choice to obtain a full refund of their entry charge or a assured complimentary entry in both 2021, 2022, or 2023. Runners who gained entry via a charity or tour operator ought to attain out starting July 1 to that group for the choices out there to them.
“This yr’s marathon was set to be the 50th operating of the occasion, which started in 1970 and has grown to turn into the world’s largest marathon with 53,640 finishers in 2019.
“Runners registered for the 2020 TCS New York Metropolis Marathon and others from all over the world shall be invited to take part within the third annual TCS New York Metropolis Marathon – Digital 26.2M happening from October 17 via November 1. Additional particulars on the digital marathon shall be shared in July.
“Along with the 2020 TCS New York Metropolis Marathon, the 2020 Abbott Sprint to the End Line 5K on October 31 has additionally been canceled. NYRR had beforehand canceled all in-person occasions and applications via August 15. Within the days and weeks forward, NYRR will proceed to work intently with authorities officers relating to the standing of different in-person occasions and applications in 2020, with the probability of extra cancellations to be introduced this summer time.
“The 50th operating of the TCS New York Metropolis Marathon will take now happen on November 7, 2021.”