Travel restrictions will affect New York City Marathon entrants

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 03: Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia crosses the finish line for fourth place in the Men's Division of the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon on November 03, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 03: Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia crosses the finish line for fourth place in the Men’s Division of the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon on November 03, 2019 in New York City. /Getty Images

New York City Marathon organizers are offering deferments to entrants of the November 7 race who will be barred from entering the United States by continuing COVID-related travel restrictions.

The event will take place one day before the November 8 lifting of travel restrictions announced by the White House, so organizers said runners affected who have already paid their entry fees will be eligible to defer their entry to 2022.

The 50th edition of the race through the five boroughs of New York City was cancelled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since Hurricane Sandy wiped out the event in 2012 that it wasn’t run.

This year, instead of the usual flock of more than 50,000 finishers, organizers were projecting closer to 30,000.

Under restrictions currently in effect, entry to the United States is closed to non-US citizens who have been living in or visiting most European countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa and India.

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