Bermuda Road Runners like many around the world would be disappointed following the news that this year's edition of the New York City Marathon has been canceled by organizers today because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The race is a part of the World Marathon Majors series, which also comprises Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, and Chicago.
This year's New York City Marathon was due to take place on November 1st and was set to be the 50th edition of the world's largest marathon, which last year attracted saw more than 53,000 people complete the course.
The last time the New York City Marathon was canceled was back in 2012 following Hurricane Sandy hitting the state.
New York City Marathon organizers New York Road Runners have described the decision to cancel the race as "incredibly disappointing" but said the health and safety of everyone involved was of primary importance.
"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," said Michael Capiraso, President and chief executive of New York Road Runners.
"Marathon Day and the many related events and activities during race week are part of the heart and soul of New York City and the global running community, and we look forward to coming together next year."
Runners who had registered to take part in this year's 50th edition of the event will be contacted by July 15th with more information, including options to receive a full refund of their entry fee or a guaranteed complimentary entry in a forthcoming year.
Runners registered for this year's edition are also being invited to take part in a virtual version of the 2020 New York City Marathon due to take place between October 17th and November 1st.