The big news of the week was that despite Hurricane Sandy’s impact on New York, the city’s marathon was still going to be held.
Marathon organizers and city leaders believed it would be both realistically possible and help boost the city’s moral. However, some residents had begun complaining that it was a waste of police, fire department and other city resources given the lack of power, water, food and repairs needed throughout NYC.
Now CNN and other news agencies are reporting that the event was canceled today due to lingering effects from Superstorm Sandy.
“Mayor Michael Bloomberg had said earlier in the week the race would go on – despite transportation, power and other issues – contending, among other things, that businesses could use the economic boost the event provides,” the CNN article says. “But on Friday, he and the New York Road Runners issued a joint statement saying city officials and race organizers decided to cancel the race because they did “not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants.””