The New York City marathon is set to make its return after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New York Road Runners, the non-profit sports organisation which puts on the event, has announced the 2021 edition will take place, but with a smaller number of runners than usual.

This year’s race, scheduled for 7 November, will have 33,000 entrants, compared to the most recent marathon in 2019, which had as many as 53,520 finishers.

However, runners will have to adhere to NYRR and Centres for Disease Control safety guidelines.

The 2021 race will see some format and logistical changes, including a different entry process for runners, as well as a time-trial start aimed at reducing crowd numbers.

There will be no general lottery and guaranteed entries will be the only way to take part, with the majority of competitors coming from last year's runners who deferred their entries.

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Guaranteed entrants will also include finishers of the 2020 virtual marathon and people who have completed 15 or more NYC marathons previously.

There will again be a virtual option in 2021, with registration to open on 10 June.

Ted Metellus, race director for the NYC Marathon, said: “This will be an unprecedented and historic year for the New York City Marathon as one of the most iconic New York sporting events makes its return. As we stage a safe and memorable race for the 50th running, this year’s marathon will showcase our great city’s strength, inspiration, and determination.”