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In a Socially Distanced World, Marathons Get Creative. Here’s New York’s Plan.

Social distancing has forced competitive runners to get creative. When the Boston Marathon was canceled this spring, organizers announced a virtual race for September, complete with a downloadable kit that includes a printable finish line and winner’s “breaktape.”

This week, organizers of the New York City Marathon announced their own virtual plans, powered by Strava, a social networking and fitness app. The race will take place between Oct. 17 and Nov. 1, with runners taking to their local streets, instead of the traditional...


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