Coronavirus’s Toll on Marathons and Other Races: A 95% Drop

Last Sunday’s four-mile race in New York’s Central Park had no blaring music to send off runners bunched shoulder-to-shoulder, no cowbell-clanging spectators, no crackling of discarded water cups under thousands of pounding feet. The race did have masks—on everyone, from start to finish.

“It was quiet,” said 52-year-old runner Sonia Park of Brooklyn. “You don’t have the cones and the crowds, but it was just nice to be back here.”

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