Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – New York Road Runners have announced that runners participating in their 2022 adult race must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to participate.

With COVID variants and cases increasing, the NYRR said the decision was made in collaboration with medical and public health experts and government and local officials.

The new health and safety protocol begins with the NYRR Midnight Run on December 31 and continues with forward running.

“We are excited to have our traditional event calendar back in the new year,” said Kerin Hempel, CEO, NYRR. “The health and well-being of all involved continues to remain at the forefront of our organization.”

All participants will be required to show proof of full vaccination series approved by the Emergency Use Authorization of the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or on the World Health Organization (WHO) lists of emergency uses.

Runners who have already signed up for a 2022 race will have the opportunity to receive a refund or gift card or donate their race entry fee to NYRR’s youth and community programs.

NYRR says its guidelines and protocols can continue to evolve and change as needed. More information on the guidelines and protocols is available at

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