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2020 NYC Marathon Canceled Over COVID Concerns

The 2020 TCS New York City Marathon, scheduled for Nov. 1, has been canceled. Event organizer New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the de Blasio administration canceled the annual race, the world’s largest, due to coronavirus-related health and safety concerns.

The 2019 edition of the marathon hosted 53,640 finishers. The cancellation of the 2020 marathon was seen as another COVID-19-related blow to a local economy that garners hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact from the event. The race’s only previous cancellation occurred in 2012, following Superstorm Sandy.

“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,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We look forward to hosting the 50th running of the marathon in November of 2021.”

NYRR had previously cancelled all in-person events through August 15.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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