New Jersey marathon city canceled for second consecutive year after choosing not to host big race

The New Jersey Marathon was built because of the CVID-19 epidemic because COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in New Jersey.

The 26.2-mile race will not be held in October with the half-marathon and 5 km race associated with the weekend of October 16-17, organizers announced on Monday.

We hope to get back to you with more positive news, and we have received official confirmation that the 2021 Novo Nordic New Jersey Marathon and Half Marathon (and RWJBarnabas Health 5K) will not be held this October. On the event website.

Runners were told that officials at the Long Branch, where the marathon and half marathon courses would begin and end, had decided not to continue. The statement referred to discussions with neighboring municipalities, but indicated that the cancellation was final.

“There is no stone unturned. Due to the unpredictable impact of COVID-19 Delta, and the protection of the city’s citizens, the Long Branch has decided not to allow large-scale events this fall. We appreciate the difficult position of the Long Branch and their 25 years of support. ”

On August 9, the event ceased to receive races from the race and imposed several security measures, including a ban on spectators at the Long Branch at the beginning and end of the line.

The Long Branch Business Manager did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

For the second year in a row, the three traditional tournaments were canceled due to the epidemic.

The Red Bank’s John Charter registered for the New Jersey Marathon in July following the cancellation of the Dublin Marathon in October.

On Sunday, he ran a 15-mile[15 km]training race.

Following Monday’s announcement, the five-time marathon charter said, “I’m sorry, but I understand and I’m sorry.”

“We really want everyone to be safe, but it’s a tragedy,” added the Gethseburg Marathon Charter in April.

When all major races in New Jersey have been canceled since March 2020, often replaced by imaginary events, Gop Phil Murphy began to return this spring after lifting restrictions on foreign conventions. Nearly 1,000 runners completed the Firecracker 4 Miler in Cranford on July 4.

However, the highly volatile delta difference has been having a major impact on the state in recent weeks, prompting students to return the region’s overall mask mission when students return in less than a month.

Health officials said for the first time in more than three months that the coronavirus hospital had been hospitalized across the country for the first time in more than three months. For newly certified COVID-19 cases, the state’s seven-day average rose to 1,499, up 23% a week ago and 324% a month ago.

Displaced runners and two other racers registered for the New Jersey Marathon are being offered a number of options, including a partial return or transfer of their race to the Atlantic City Marathon, half marathon or 5K. Weekends in October.

“In the Novo Nordic New Jersey Marathon, we understand your investment in money, body and mind. It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare for one of our races. We share your frustration that you have inspired our team to look forward to crossing the finish line this year, ”read the organizer’s statement.

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