New York Marathon: Thousands of foreign runners banned from entering the US

Thousands of foreign runners, including European, British, Indian and Chinese nationals, will not be able to take part in the legendary New York Marathon on November 7, a day before the United States’ borders are reopened. Half.

That’s a prudent statement from the race’s organisers, the NYRR, which was published on their website Friday evening, acknowledging that the White House’s announcement of the November 8 reopening of borders on the same Friday was actually thousands of strangers. will stop you from running. Through the streets of New York on November 7.

“International participants who cannot travel to the United States because of a ban by the President of the United States (dating from Donald Trump’s presidency in the spring of 2020, editor’s note) have been asked to postpone their entry for the Marathon New York City.” 2022,” the statement read.

However, declined participants will have to “claim” their postponement for the 2022 edition between “October 21 and November 3, 2021” against an amount of “$75”. Before I can register again early next year.

Any cancellations for the 2021 edition will not be refunded.

More than eighteen months after closing its borders, the United States announced on Friday that it would reopen them on November 8 to the millions of travelers who were banned from entering because of the pandemic. , but on the condition that they will be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Runners in the New York City Marathon on November 3, 2019 (AFP / Archives – Angela Weiss)

The organizers of the marathon referred to a list prepared by the US health authorities of the countries concerned by the travel ban for a year and a half, unless there was an overriding reason: these are all European countries in the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil. , South Africa, India, China and Iran.

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The New York Marathon – which ends in Central Park after crossing New York’s great bridges – was canceled in 2020, a dreadful year for the pandemic-ravaged megalopolis. The 2021 edition, the 50th, was to welcome some 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 of $415 million in 2015.

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