The New York City Marathon has been nixed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers announced Wednesday.
Michael Capiraso, CEO of New York Road Runners announced the cancellation.
This year’s race would have marked its 50th anniversary.
“Cancelling 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,” he said.
The race, the world’s biggest marathon, hosts more than 50,000 runners from all over the world.
“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.
Kenyans Geoffrey Kamworor and Joyciline Jepkosgei won the 2019 edition.
Organisers said Monday they are cancelling the amateur portion of the Tokyo marathon, affecting around 38,000 runners, on fears about the spread of the new coronavirus in Japan.
“We reached the conclusion that unfortunately it is difficult to organise the event… after several cases (of the virus) were confirmed in Tokyo,” the Tokyo Marathon Foundation said in a statement.
The decision will not affect elite runners, including elite wheelchair participants, the organisers said.
But they only account for around 200 of the tens of thousands of people who had registered for the March 1 race.
The cancellation comes after Japanese government officials warned the spread of the virus in the country entering “a new phase”.
At least 65 cases have been diagnosed in Japan, excluding hundreds of infections aboard a cruise ship quarantined off the coast.
On Sunday, the health minister warned citizens to avoid large crowds and non-essential gatherings, sparking speculation that the marathon would be cancelled.
A public gathering for the birthday of Emperor Naruhito that was scheduled for February 23 has also been cancelled on virus fears.
Emmanuel Gyang and his wife, Deborah Pam, have emerged as the first Nigerians to complete the 42km race at the 2020 Lagos City Marathon.
We report that Gyang, who was the fist male Nigerian, finished 33rd overall with a time of 2:25.30secs.
Pam was the first female Nigerian to get to finish in her category, finishing 14th overall with a time of 2:45.17secs.
The couple had exactly three weeks after their wedding emerged the first Nigerian finishers in their respective categories at the seventh edition of the Okpekpe 10km International Road Race.
Popularly referred to as Nigeria’s No.1 long-distance couple, Gyan and Pam got married in May 2019.
Gyan, an athlete from Plateau State, also emerged as the first Nigerian at the 2019 Abeokuta Road Race, clocking 31.03secs behind Kenya’s Biwott Alan Kemboi who finished first in 28.76secs.
A Kenyan athlete, David Barmasai Tumo, emerged winner of the Lagos marathon Saturday morning.
The race, which is championed by Access Bank, started in front of the National Stadium, Surulere, and ended at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, a 42-kilometre stretch.
The Third Mainland Bridge, Osborne road, Parkview and Lekki/Ikoyi link bridge were among roads that were closed for the annual activity.
Last year, Sintayehu Legese of Ethiopia won the marathon. He finished with a time of 2:17:28.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Osaro Eghobamien, ran for ‘justice’. Well-known faces such as former Super-Eagles midfielder, Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, also participated in the race.
Tumo will be rewarded with the race’s grand prize of $50,000.
The first woman to cross the finish line was another Kenyan, Sharon Jemutai Cherop.