NEW YORK (WABC) – The New York City Marathon is much more than a race to the finish line.

For Ukrainian runners, the marathon is an opportunity to show solidarity with Ukraine.

The group prepared a petition asking the organizers of the New York Road Runners (NYRR) marathon to ban Russian and Belarusian runners from participating in this year’s event.

The petition says that allowing these runners to compete shows that the diabolical actions of Moscow and its allies are normal. It also says the ban will not be a punishment for the runners themselves, but rather a show of support.

In response, the NYRR said that while it stands in solidarity with Ukraine, it will not discriminate against individual runners based on their nationality or country of birth.

The New York Marathon will be held on November 6.

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