We have decided to cancel the NYC marathon. The New York Road Runners will have additional information in days ahead for participants.
— NYC Mayor’s Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) November 2, 2012
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.
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