Athletics

COVID-19 Puts Stop To NYC Marathon

The annual New York City Marathon has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus disease, which continues to plague nations around the world.

Organizers decided to halt the event, given health and safety concerns.

The organizers declared that “coronavirus-related health and safety concerns for runners, spectators, volunteers, staff, and the many partners and communities that support the event,” have forced the cancellation of the race.

The marathon is the largest in the world, with over 50,000 competitors completing the 26.2-mile event last year.

The race is organized by New York Road Runners, and staged every year since 1970, except for 2012, when it was canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Sandy.

Last month, the Boston Marathon was canceled after initially being pushed back from April 20 to September 14.

The U.S. continues to lead the world in both reported cases and deaths from the coronavirus. As of early June 26, the U.S. has recorded 2,422,310 cases and 124,416 deaths.

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