New York City Marathon cancelled — right decision?

First, Hurricane — then superstorm — Sandy rolled into the eastern seaboard.

Then, the storm brought massive storm surges that flooded much of New York, cutting power and disabling large parts of the city. Dozens have died.

And then, with mounting concerns about the city’s ability to pull off the race in the midst of having much of the New York still out of sorts, the New York City Marathon was cancelled.

It was to be held on Sunday. About 40,000 people were slated to run. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg had originally said it was take place, but this afternoon, it was decided to call it off, two days before the starting gun was to go off.

There had been a lot of pressure to cancel it, and it even (unbelievably) entered the realm of partisan politics.

Keep this in mind — other weekend sporting events (NBA and NFL games) will be played this weekend. But  those involved decided the logistics of holding the race, given the situation on the ground, would be too much right now.

Was this the right decision? Should it have been made earlier? Should it be rescheduled? Is that even possible at this point?

I’d like to know what you all think. Hit me up in the comments.

Bob Doucette

On Twitter @RMHigh7988

5 thoughts on “New York City Marathon cancelled — right decision?

  1. This is a tough one Bob, as someone who got stuck as a tourist in New Orleans when Katrina hit, I think it should not have been canceled. I know people are hurting and what lays ahead of them seems insurmountable but sometimes we need to see other people doing the insurmountable to know tomorrow is a new day….. just one girls opinion

    • It is a tough one. I see arguments for both sides, but the general consensus I hear from folks is that if they were going to cancel it, it should have been done earlier.

      One strong argument I heard was that the race became a divisive one for the city, especially for the people living on Staten Island. Generators and aid stations being set up for runners while people in the city were still without power rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.

      I feel bad for the runners, and for the businesses that could have benefited from them being there. A really gut-wrenching decision for sure. Thanks for your take!

  2. They should have cancelled the race earlier.
    I’m not sure I would feel right running this race. We are fortunate to be able to physically and financially run these races. I often tell my wife that running is cheaper than golf, but it is not cheap. Running these events is a luxury that we are fortunate to be able to do.
    Some people in NYC lost their homes. Everything. I would feel like an ass parading down the street in front of them.
    As a runner, I also understand the training and sacrifice that goes into preparing for a marathon. For some there is the expense of travel and hotels. When I was in Hartford a few weeks ago I almost did not get to run that race. I was devestated, pissed, etc. I know how it feels when the race is so close.
    I hope that the runners can understand why this needed to be done. I was the right thing to do. It was the dignified thing to do.

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