The Half Marathon was set for Sunday, March 15, but has been cancelled because of the large number of runners who were expected to participate.
"We know this is a challenging time for everyone, and the cancellation of the NYC Half is disappointing news to many, but the resources necessary to organize an event with 25,000 runners on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan have become strained during this difficult period," New York Road Runners said in a statement. "Over the past week the NYRR team worked hard to adjust plans, implementing modifications and accommodations to alleviate crowding and facilitate social distancing. Unfortunately, it has become clear that we will be unable to proceed in the manner that our runners have come to expect at NYRR events, where the safety and security of our runners, volunteers, staff, partners, and spectators are our main concern."
Registered runners will be contacted to choose a full refund of their entry fee or a guaranteed non-complimentary entry to the 2021 NYC Half in March 2021.