2020 New York City Marathon canceled due to COVID-19 safety concerns

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New York City marathon runners in 2016

TCS New York City Marathon runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the 2016 race on Nov. 6, 2016. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK CITY — The 2020 TCS New York City Marathon is officially canceled due to coronavirus-related health and safety concerns, the New York Road Runners announced Wednesday.

The event organizer said the decision was made in partnership with Mayor Bill de Blasio to cancel the world’s largest marathon in order to keep runners, spectators, staff and volunteers safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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,” the mayor said in a statement. “We look forward to hosting the 50th running of the marathon in November of 2021.”

NYRR said organizers will be contacting runners who were registered for this year’s marathon by July 15 with more information regarding cancellation resolution details, including the option to receive a full refund of their entry fee, or a guaranteed complimentary entry in either 2021, 2022 or 2023.

For runners who gained entry through a charity or tour operator, NYRR said they should reach out to that organization for options starting July 1.

“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,” he added.

In addition to the New York City Marathon, the 2020 Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K on October 31 has also been canceled, NYRR said.

NYRR had previously canceled all in-person events and programs through August 15, and Wednesday said they will continue to work closely with officials regarding the status of other in-person events and programs for the remainder of 2020.

The 50th running of the NYC Marathon will now take place on November 7, 2021.

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