Registered runners will be contacted by July 15 regarding cancellation resolution details, including the options to claim a refund or defer their entry to a future year.
New York Road Runners (NYRR), the event organiser, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York, have made the decision to cancel the world’s largest marathon due to coronavirus-related health and safety concerns for runners, spectators, volunteers, staff, and the many partners and communities that support the event.
‘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.’
‘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.’
This year’s marathon was set to be the 50th running of the event, which began in 1970 and has grown to become the world’s largest marathon with 53,640 finishers in 2019.
Runners registered for the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon and others from around the world will be invited to participate in the third annual TCS New York City Marathon – Virtual 26.2M taking place from October 17 through November 1. Further details on the virtual marathon will be shared in July.
This comes on the same day as news of the Royal Parks Half Marathon being postponed in October. Berlin Marathon and Boston Marathon, also due to take place in the autumn have been cancelled. At the moment, both the London Marathon and Chicago Marathon are still scheduled.
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