2020 NYC Marathon canceled over coronavirus concerns

NYC Marathon
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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The 2020 TCS New York City Marathon has been canceled because of the coronavirus, officials said Wednesday.

The marathon, which was scheduled for Nov. 1, was canceled over "coronavirus-related health and safety concerns," event organizer New York Road Runners said in a statement.

New York Road Runners and Mayor Bill de Blasio's office decided together to cancel the marathon, which is the largest in the world.

Officials said there are concerns that the event could pose a risk to runners, spectators, volunteers, staff and community members.

Registered runners will be contacted about the cancellation by July 15. They'll have the option to claim a refund or defer their entry to a future year, New York Road Runners said.

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