NYC Marathon to return at full capacity this year with 50,000 runners

February 24, 2022

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The New York City Marathon will return in full force this fall, race organizers announced Thursday, after limiting capacity last year and canceling the year before. The world’s largest marathon will take place on November 6 with 50,000 runners competing. All runners participating in the race must be fully vaccinated.

Last year, the New York Road Runners, the group that organizes the marathon, reduced the field size to 25,010 runners and held a virtual race in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Last year’s marathon served as an uplifting and unifying moment for New York City’s recovery as well as a symbol of renewed hope, inspiration, and perseverance,” Ted Metellus, Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon, said. “This November, we are excited to have runners from all over the world fully return as we come together to deliver one of the best days in New York.”

The application for this year’s entry drawing opens on March 9 and closes on March 23, with runners notified on March 30. Runners of the 2020 marathon who opted to run in the 2022 race instead, who have completed 15 or more New York City Marathons, and applicants who meet certain time standards are guaranteed entry. Find more details here.

“Every year, runners from all over the world come to New York City because there’s no better race than the New York City Marathon,” Mayor Eric Adams said. “This race is the strongest proof of New York’s unrelenting spirit and determination, and we are proud to announce that, this year, we’ll be back at full capacity. With 50,000 runners competing in November, the city that never sleeps will be where champions are made.”

The marathon began in 1970 as a modest race featuring about 100 runners in Central Park and has grown into the largest marathon in the world. The event generates over $400 million for New York and is a huge boost for tourism, as 6sqft previously noted.


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