New York City Marathon canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

New York City Marathon Canceled due to COVID-19

NEW YORK — The New York City Marathon has been canceled over concern of the coronavirus pandemic.

New York Road Runners announced the cancellation of the world’s largest marathon Wednesday after coordinating with the mayor’s office and deciding the race posed too many health and safety concerns for runners, volunteers, spectators and others.

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

Those who entered the 2020 race will be offered a full refund or a guaranteed entry to either the 2021, 2022 or 2023 marathon.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, runners take part in the New York City Marathon in New York. The race has been canceled due to coronavirus.
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, runners take part in the New York City Marathon in New York. The race has been canceled due to coronavirus. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP)