Thousands of foreign runners, including European, British, Indian and Chinese nationals, will not be able to participate in the legendary New York Marathon on November 7. It takes place the day before the reopening of the borders of the United States, closed for a year and a half due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is a discreet press release organizers of the race, NYRR, published Friday night on their website, which acknowledged that the announcement that same Friday by the White House, the seat of the presidency, of the reopening of the borders on November 8 would de facto prevent to thousands of aliens run through the streets of New York on November 7th.
“International participants who cannot travel to the United States due to the President of the United States’ ban (Editor’s note: dating from Donald Trump’s presidency in the spring of 2020) will be eligible to postpone their entry into the 2022 New York Marathon, ”the statement said. However, the rejected participants will have to “claim” their postponement to the 2022 edition between “October 21 and November 3, 2021”, against the sum of “75 dollars” (approximately 65 euros). They will then be able to re-register at the beginning of next year. Any cancellation for the 2021 edition will not be refunded.
33,000 people in all were registered for the race
After more than eighteen months of closing its borders, the United States announced on Friday that it would reopen them on November 8 for the millions of travelers banned from entering due to the pandemic, but on condition that they be vaccinated against Covid-19.
The organizers of the marathon referred to the list drawn up by the American health authorities of the countries concerned for a year and a half by the travel ban, unless there is an overriding reason: these are all the European countries of the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, India, China and Iran.
The New York Marathon, which ends in Central Park after crossing New York’s major bridges, was canceled in 2020, a terrible year for the megalopolis ravaged by the pandemic. The 2021 edition, the fiftieth, was to welcome 33,000 runners, or 60% of the 53,000 registered in 2019. Before the pandemic, the legendary marathon created in 1970 attracted more than 250,000 tourists each year for an economic impact estimated at 415 million. dollars in 2015, or around 360 million euros.