After much controversy this week, the New York City Marathon has been cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.
The NYRR released the following statement on the New York City Marathon’s official web site:
City of New York and New York Road Runners Announce Race Cancellation
The City of New York and New York Road Runners announce that the 2012 ING NYC Marathon has been canceled. While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division. We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to help New York City recover from the storm. New York Road Runners will have additional information in the days ahead and we thank you for your dedication to the spirit of this race. The Expo will remain open tomorrow.
Unlike my esteemed colleague and New Yorker, Cinnamon, I wasn’t comfortable with the original decision to move forward with the race after Sandy. It is a mess down there. Today someone was held up at gun point trying to get gasoline. I’ve heard rumblings that people were talking about rioting the race rather than joyfully spectating if it went on. That is not safe, that is not smart, that is not solidarity. So good on Bloomberg for cancelling the race – even if a few days too late.
But I know this was not an easy decision and I understand why some would be very disappointed. We had a lot of discussion regarding whether it was good the NYRR initially claimed the race would go on.
What I want to know is how those who had been planning to run this weekend feel about this now that the decision has been made? What will you do instead? How do you feel about it? Are you relieved? Disappointed? Angry? Thankful?