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New York Road Runners Watching Ebola Outbreak

The New York City Marathon is scheduled for Nov. 2.

The New York City Marathon is scheduled for Nov. 2.

The New York Road Runners said Thursday they are monitoring the outbreak of the Ebola virus ahead of the upcoming New York City Marathon.

Chris Weiller, NYRR’s Vice President of Media & Public Relations, told the New York Daily News the outbreak is being closely watched.

“We are carefully monitoring updates from the CDC and the NYC Department of Health and will continue to coordinate closely with our health department partners at the city and state level to ensure the safety of participants, volunteers and spectators,” Weiller said. “The safety and security of our runners, spectators, volunteers and staff is always our main priority.”

The outbreak is centered in western Africa and has claimed nearly 4,500 lives. A Liberian national, who contracted the virus after coming in contact with a sick patient, traveled to the United States in September. He died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital last week, and two nurses who were treating him are now infected and are being cared for at separate locations.

The New York City Marathon will take place Nov. 2.

Over the summer, organizers of the Liberia Marathon postponed the Aug. 31 race because of the deadly outbreak.