© 2019 KEVIN MORRIS [Source: Runner’s World]

The 2020 New York City Half Marathon, one of the largest races in the United States that brings 25,000 runners to the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan, announced its cancellation of this Sunday’s race due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in New York.

In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, race organisers described the need to put safety and security of runners first.

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“We know that this is a challenging time for everyone, and the cancellation of the NYC Half is disappointing news to many, but the resources necessary to organise an event with 25,000 runners on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan have become strained during this difficult period.”

“Over the past week, the NYRR team worked hard to adjust plans, implementing, modification and accommodations to alleviate crowding and facilitate social distancing. Unfortunately, it has become clear that we will be unable to proceed in the manner that our runners have come to expect at NYRR events, where safety and security of our runners, volunteers, staff, partners, and spectators are our main concern.”

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According to NYRR, runners who registered directly with the organisation will be contacted and have the option to select either a full refund or guaranteed non-complimentary entry to the 2021 NYC Half next March.

Runners who gained entry through a charity or tour operator should reach out directly to that organisation for the options available to them.

Read the full article here: Sunday’s NYC Half Marathon Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns


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Original Author: The Runner’s World Editors

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