The New York half marathon will not take place on March 15 due to a coronavirus, the press service of the competition reported on Wednesday, March 11.
“We understand that at this difficult time, the cancellation of the New York half marathon will be a disappointment for many,” the press service said in a statement. — The resources needed to organize the competition in the current conditions on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan with the participation of 25 thousand runners were not enough. Last week, the organizers worked hard to adjust the plans. But, unfortunately, it became clear that we will not be able to ensure the safety of the participants of the half marathon, volunteers, staff and spectators.”
Due to the rapidly developing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the NYC Half, scheduled for Sunday, March 15, and the accompanying Rising New York Road Runners youth event, have been canceled. Learn more here: https://t.co/DHqGHNpYcF pic.twitter.com/gVUp3Cws0T
— New York Road Runners (@nyrr) March 10, 2020
On March 1, the Tokyo marathon was held, which, due to the threat of spreading coronavirus, was held without the participation of Amateur runners. Only 200 professional athletes took part in the competition. Residents were also urged not to gather in large groups along the route of the marathon.