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New York City Marathon cancelled due to COVID-19

June 24, 2020 20:18 IST
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Pamela Anderson ran the NYC marathon in 2013. The former Baywatch beauty joined thousands of runners to complete her first ever marathon in New York.

IMAGE: Pamela Anderson ran the NYC marathon in 2013. The former Baywatch beauty joined thousands of runners to complete her first ever marathon in New York.

The New York City Marathon originally scheduled to be held on November 1 has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, race organisers said on Thursday.

The New York Road Runners (NYRR), in partnership with the mayor's office, said the decision to cancel the world's largest marathon was made due to novel coronavirus-related health and safety concerns for runners, spectators, volunteers and staff.

"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," NYRR Chief Executive Michael Capiraso said in a statement.

The 26.2-mile race (42km), which traverses all five boroughs of the city and had 53,640 finishers in 2019, is the second of the six World Marathon Majors to be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

 

The Boston Marathon, originally due to be held in April and then postponed until September, was cancelled for the first time in its history.

The Tokyo Marathon went ahead on March 1 with elite runners only, London was postponed to Oct. 4 from April 26 and Berlin organisers said their race will not got ahead in September but did not say if it would be postponed or cancelled altogether.

The Chicago Marathon has not announced any changes to their scheduled event in October.

Berlin marathon organisers shelve plans for 2020 race

The Berlin Marathon will not take place this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said on Wednesday.

The race had been scheduled for September 26-27 but organisers had said already that it could not go ahead on that date because of Germany's ban on public gatherings of more than 5,000 people until October 24.

The event is one of a group of leading marathons that also includes Tokyo, Boston, London, Chicago and New York. To date, 11 world records have been set over the streets of the German capital.

"Over the past weeks, we have put a lot of commitment and effort into examining all options for holding the BMW Berlin-Marathon 2020 under the given conditions," Berlin organisers said in a statement.

"We worked hard on the development of a hygiene concept and held countless discussions with our experts, the responsible authorities and service providers, among others."

The statement said a comprehensive feasibility analysis showed, however, that the marathon could not be held at a later date this year either.

Weather conditions and shorter days would make it difficult and there was also uncertainty about the regulations after October.

"The question of whether athletes will be able to travel internationally again by then can also not yet be answered," said Juergen Lock, managing director of SCC Events.

Participants will be offered a choice of repayment of the entry fee or a place in next year's event.

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