This weekend’s New York City Half Marathon is canceled.
In a statement today, the New York Road Runners announced that the NYC half-marathon, which was scheduled for March 15, has been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus. It also stated that the accompanying Rising New York Road Runners youth event has been cancelled as well.
“We know this is a challenging time for everyone, and the cancellation of the NYC Half is disappointing news to many, but the resources necessary to organize an event with 25,000 runners on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan have become strained during this difficult period. Over the past week, the NYRR team worked hard to adjust plans, implementing modifications and accommodations to alleviate crowding and facilitate social distancing. Unfortunately, it has become clear that we will be unable to proceed in the manner that our runners have come to expect at NYRR events, where the safety and security of our runners, volunteers, staff, partners and spectators are our main concern,” the organization said in a statement.
NYRR also stated that runners can either select a full refund for their entry fee or get a guaranteed non-complementary entry to the 2021 NYC Half, which will also take place in March.
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Although this is the latest sports-related cancellation, it’s not the only major change to a sports event this week.
Four major U.S. sports organizations (MLB, MLS, NBA and NHL) came together on Monday to announce sweeping changes regarding who will have media access amid the current coronavirus concerns.
Earlier in the day, the Italian National Olympic Committee stated all team-sport competitions are suspended until April 3. Included in the suspension, as the AP first reported, are Series A soccer league games and preparatory events for the Tokyo Olympics. And Nippon Professional Baseball, the pro league in Japan, revealed that its regular season, which was scheduled to start on March 20, was also suspended. Baseball writer Jim Allen reported the season could be put on hold until mid-April.
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