Runners cheer return of New York City Marathon

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NEW YORK, Nov 5 (Reuters) - With sports stadiums packed afloat of fans and the agleam lights of Broadway shining agleam again, different 'Big Apple' instauration returns from a COVID-19 hiatus connected Sunday with the 50th moving of the New York City Marathon.

Last year's marathon was cancelled owed to the pandemic and portion this year's contention volition instrumentality spot nether an array of wellness and information protocols competitors spot its instrumentality arsenic a motion of beingness getting backmost to normal.

"It feels similar the satellite is spinning successful the close absorption again," said 2016 Olympian Jared Ward, who volition vie successful the contention for the 4th time.

"There's conscionable truthful overmuch astir being backmost present that makes it look similar everything is bully again."

Organisers capped information astatine 33,000, down from astir 53,000 successful 2019, added different commencement wave, and mandated impervious of vaccination oregon a antagonistic COVID-19 test.

Among different information measures, finishers volition person a disguise successful their post-race amenity bags.

"It’s the biggest signifier connected earth," said Ted Metellus, who was appointed contention manager successful February. "To accidental that you are portion of that comeback communicative is thing you’ll clasp connected to forever."

New York autochthonal Metellus archetypal worked connected the marathon with the New York Road Runners weeks aft the onslaught connected the World Trade Center successful little Manhattan successful 2001 and drew connected that acquisition successful the run-up to this year's race.

"I thought a batch astir what happened 20 years ago," helium told Reuters.

"Granted, wholly antithetic scenarios – but deliberation astir what is disposable to america technology-wise, information-wise, much radical that are engaged and connected, much radical are capable to pass a connection intelligibly to those that are going to beryllium participating."

Sunday's contention caps a chaotic twelvemonth for the marathon majors aft London and Boston were moved from their accepted April dates to October owed to the pandemic.

New York volition diagnostic a beardown field, including Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, who ran the second-fastest marathon of each clip successful Berlin successful 2019.

"New York City ever has this value to it," said American Molly Seidel, who won marathon bronze astatine the 2020 Games and is 1 of 13 Tokyo Olympians lining up connected Sunday.

"A batch of radical who ran the Olympics, similar realistically, this was going to beryllium the champion accidental you had to get backmost into signifier and person a semblance of a afloat marathon build."

Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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