The NYC Marathon Is Back! And It Will Feature a Field of 33,000 Runners

The five boroughs will once again be filled with runners this fall.

Tens of thousands of runners will return to the streets of New York City for the New York City Marathon this November, but the process to get there will look much different.

A year after canceling the 2020 race because of the coronavirus pandemic, New York Road Runners (NYRR), the nonprofit organization which puts on the event, announced the 2021 race will have a field of 33,000. This is well shy of the normal participation; in 2019, the marathon had 53,520 finishers. However, it is a positive sign of a hopeful return to regular racing after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on May 13 that you don’t need to wear a mask in outdoor settings if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“This will be an unprecedented and historic year for the New York City Marathon as one of the most iconic New York sporting events makes its return,” NYC Marathon race director Ted Metellus said in a press release. “As we stage a safe and memorable race for the 50th running, this year’s marathon will showcase our great city’s strength, inspiration, and determination.”

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