New York City Marathon canceled over coronavirus concerns

The New York City Marathon — the world’s largest — has been canceled because of safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced Wednesday.

“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,” said Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners.

The race — which hosts more than 50,000 runners from all over the world — had been set to celebrate its 50th anniversary in November.

“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,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

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