After its cancellation in 2020, the New York City Marathon will be returning on November 7, 2021. The world’s biggest 26.2-mile race will mark a watershed moment in New York’s recovery from the pandemic. Race director Ted Metellus believes that this year’s marathon will be reflective of the “city’s strength, inspiration, and determination.” In order to continue with Covid-19 precautions, the race will take place with 60 percent capacity, bringing the usual participant number from 55,000 to 33,000. The announcement for this year’s marathon came with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on masks. As mentioned by Governor Andrew Cuomo, wearing a mask on public transit, in schools, at communal gatherings and for those not vaccinated is mandatory in New York. The six-feet social distancing rule has been relaxed for those who have received the shot.