New York City Marathon cancelled due to coronavirus
The 2020 New York City Marathon has been canceled because of the coronavirus 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," said NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We look forward to hosting the 50th running of the marathon in November of 2021."
The NYC Marathon, which had a record 53,640 finishers in 2019, was scheduled for Nov. 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," Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners, said in a statement. "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."