2020 New York City Marathon Canceled Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that the New York City Marathon will return in November 2021.

By Jess Cohen 24 Jun, 2020 2:43 PMTags
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The 2020 TCS New York City Marathon has been canceled amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Bill de Blasio shared the announcement, which was made along with event organizer New York Road Runners, on Wednesday morning. The marathon, set to be the 50th running of the event, was scheduled to take place on Nov. 1.

"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," de Blasio said in his announcement. "We look forward to hosting the 50th running of the marathon in November of 2021."

Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners, also spoke out on Wednesday morning.

"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," Capiraso said. "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."

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The 50th running of the TCS New York City Marathon will now take place on Nov. 7, 2021.

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In just a few months, New York will host the 2020 U.S. Open, however, the tennis event will take place without fans in the seats. Tennis star Serena Williams has also confirmed that she will play in the sporting event.

"So this announcement has been on my mind all day, but ultimately I really cannot wait to return in New York and play the U.S. Open 2020," Williams recently shared. "I feel like the USTA is going to do a really good job of ensuring everything is amazing and everything is perfect and everyone is safe. It's going to be exciting. It's been over six months since a lot of us have played professional tennis."