SPORTS / The New York Marathon will most likely be held in November, according to the New York Road Runners and e-Visa

In 2020, almost all large-scale sporting events in the world were canceled due to the coronavirus. The New York City Marathon was no exception. However, this year there is hope for the 30,000 participants who signed up last year. With the success of the vaccination program in the United States, the 50th edition of the New York City Marathon could be held again this fall

The New York Marathon

Running the New York City Marathon once in a lifetime is the dream of many runners. This competition is also known as the marathon of marathons, which is why it is not. The New York City Marathon has been organized since 1970 by the New York Road Runners, an organization of runners with the aim of inspiring people through this type of exercise. The route runs through the five boroughs of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. The New York City Marathon is so popular that people have to get a seat first, but those who were authorized to participate in 2020 will automatically receive a seat for the 2021 edition.

Measures against the coronavirus in the United States

For more than a year, the United States has been the country most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Worldwide, the highest number of infections and deaths from the virus has been recorded in this country. For this reason, the US authorities have taken measures to prevent the spread of the virus, including the cancellation of important events, such as festivals and large-scale sports competitions. The coronavirus, then, also affected the New York marathon.

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In addition, restrictions were imposed on foreign travelers. The Schengen Proclamation denies entry to the United States to people who have been to one of the Schengen countries in the past fourteen days. Since March 2020 it is not possible to travel directly from Spain to the United States for tourist reasons, only people with urgent reasons to travel to the United States can benefit from an exception to the entry ban. Several media outlets have recently reported that the entry ban will be lifted in the coming weeks. Although the US government has not yet officially confirmed it, it appears that European travelers will be able to return to the United States in November for the marathon.

The vaccination program is going from strength to strength

The vaccination campaign in the United States, compared to that of many European countries, is off to a brilliant start. In April, an average of more than 3 million daily doses were administered. According to data from the end of April, more than 132 million people in the United States have received their first dose and more than 85 million have been fully vaccinated, figures that augur a positive outlook for the situation in the United States in the near future. Larger events, such as marathons, may take place during or after the summer.

Application for an ESTA USA

Despite the measures taken against the coronavirus and the restrictions on entry into the United States, it is still possible to apply for an ESTA. As was the case before the pandemic, ESTA applications continue to be processed and processed in an average of three days. When filling in the corresponding form, the national identification number must be indicated in the ESTA application, a mandatory condition for Spaniards and which must be taken into account in order to avoid the application being rejected. The ESTA is valid for two years from the date of issue and it is not necessary to indicate the exact date of arrival in the United States on the form, so you can request an ESTA if you plan to travel to the United States in any moment during this time period.

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So, those who had doubts about whether they will be able to participate in the New York Marathon or one of the other popular marathons in the United States, such as Chicago or Boston, should not think twice.