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The New York Road Runners (NYRR) announced Monday that they will ease their COVID-19 restrictions, with state help, allowing thousands of runners to participate in large-scale races.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announcing increased capacity at outdoor venues, the NYRR will double the size of the rider squad for the New York Mini 10K Mastercard on June 12 – from 1,200 expected arrivals to 3000 arrivals expected.
The New York Mini 10K is the world’s first women-only road race and will be the first regularly scheduled and largest NYRR sanctioned race since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Big Apple.
To ensure the safety of everyone involved among the expected wave of runners, the NYRR will institute increased and staggered starts, self-hydration options, hand sanitizing stations throughout the course, and limited equipment that will ensure good social distance.
Following the Mini 10K, the Front Runners LGBT Pride Run on June 26 and the Achilles Hope and Possibility 4M on July 10 will each have 4,250 expected finalists.
The logistics surrounding New York’s road running crown jewel – the 2021 New York Marathon – still need to be considered
“The size of the field for the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon has yet to be determined,” an NYRR spokesperson told amNewYork Metro. “The NYRR is working with city and state officials and will share further updates later this spring.”