The largest marathon in the world does not have any entrants from three Ebola-stricken countries, according to the Associated Press.
No registered runners in The New York City Marathon, which will be held this Sunday and is expected to feature more than 50,000 runners, are from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone, three countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak in western Africa.
An African runner has won the marathon in 13 of the past 16 races. However, each of those runners has hailed from the eastern side of the continent.
Charities such as UNICEF have sponsored runners in the race in order to raise money for Ebola treatment in the stricken countries, AP reports.
Race officials had expected New York to have at least one confirmed case of the disease before the Nov. 2 race, officials told AP.
Race director Mary Wittenberg said she and others have “heard very little from our runners” concerning Ebola in New York affecting the race, CBS New York reported Monday. One male in New York confirmed to have Ebola, Dr. Craig Spencer, is himself a past competitor in the New York City Marathon.
- Will Green