According to the organizers of this marathon was to bring together some 50 000 runners, the conditions of safety are not met. The race has been cancelled.Marathoners at the New York city marathon, on November 3, 2019. (JOHANNES EISELE / AFP)
In New York, in the United States, 50,000 people preparing to take the start of the race which made the dreams of many runners. The test was scheduled for 1 November. But the organizers were of the view that the conditions of health and safety to combat the epidemic of coronavirus are not met, and the marathon was cancelled. A decision has not surprised more than that the French riders registered for the race. Four times champion of France in the years 1980 and 1990, Dominique Chauvelier, 2h11 to Milan in 1991, organizes the trip to New York and the preparation for amateur riders for the last 25 years. And this cancellation is not a surprise.
“All the races cancel each other out one after the other, same race modest, regional racing, shows in a marathon. Berlin, which was to take place at the end of September, has also announced its cancellation, therefore, the New York city marathon, frankly, I think that I was expecting.”
It’s been three, four months that it lasts, and it continues : all the races of September, October and now November are cancelled.Dominique Chauvelierà franceinfo
Already handicapped last year by the bankruptcy of the travel agency Thomas Cook, this cancellation causes economic loss for his company.But it is above all a great personal frustration. ‘‘It is my passion of a marathon runner, to accompany people, share my passion, “sighed Dominique Chauvelier. And all those runners who train for months, which ‘strike the foot’ to put bibs… It really is a year white for the runner. It is a little pity for all those people : it has become a sport for health, but we can’t speak with a bib. It is a pity.” Dominique Chauvelier had already experienced the first cancellation of the New York city marathon since its inception in 1970. It was in 2012, a few hours before the passage of hurricane Sandy.
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