Sunday's New York City Marathon called off due to Sandy
Tens of thousands of runners annually hit New York City’s streets for the marathon – though not this Sunday.
November 2nd, 2012
05:23 PM ET

Sunday's New York City Marathon called off due to Sandy

The New York City Marathon - scheduled for Sunday - was called off Friday due to lingering effects from Superstorm Sandy, the city's mayor said.

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.

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."

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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Balls McGhee

    congrats to the fatties. now we can sit at home, drink 48 ounce sodas and watch football anyway. not like any of you complainers have helped in anyway....

    November 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • callmeishmae

      Err....you're a complete idi*t.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • givemepizza

      You knucklehead, this is about having some respect for those who are still suffering from the storm. Think a little, next time.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoJo

      I think you crave attention. Do you need a hug?

      November 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. StrikeForce

    Good decision to call off the marathon. Focus on recovering first then worry about the fun stuff later. There is tons of work that needs to be done and it could be weeks, months, possibly years before all is back the way it once was.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. tangosierra

    Great decision – three days to late! So sorry, for all the participants who already arrived or are on their way!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. VinceRN

    They could have just changed in into a Parkour race.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. givemepizza

    LOL. Thank you Mayor Putin, oops, I mean Bloombluster. Now can I have my Big Gulp, please?

    November 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. frosts0

    Better reelection strategy.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. kat swansey

    I can't believe they were even considering having this so soon after Sandy. New York has bigger things to worry about than a marathon.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ab

      Very true, they should ask the runners to now give their time to recovery efforts

      November 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    My head is going to explode! They need to shut down the stock market and CNBC too!! Greedy traders in it for themselves once again trump runners raising money for victims.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Kristin

    Great decision :) I'm grateful for the response of Bloomberg and Christie...and especially grateful for OBAMA!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. mus

    Aha! Cancel the race late so you can still get the economic benefit of all the runners and guests who've managed to make it to NY so far. Well played mayor!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Mike

    CNBC needs to be shut down now while bodies are still being recovered

    November 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Nytw

    Sounds like Bloomberg thinks New Yorkers are a bunch of rubes that should move to Nebraska.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MKS

      We don't want you to move to Nebraska. You won't fit in..we are courteous to each other unlike NYC.

      November 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Matt

    I think this is a very sound decision. Even though you specify that the marathon won't be diverting any resources away from the storm effort it is an extremely large distraction and you and I both know that policemen are going to have to be deployed everywhere in the city to put up barricades and security...do they just have policemen on standby right now not doing anything? I don't think so...

    November 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nancy

      That's an excellent point Matt, I would think the resources needed to run the marathon are needed in other parts of the city presently.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SDmarathnr

    nice of him to wait until everyone got to NY before he canceled, that way he can ensure everyone there will still be able to spend millions. Had he canceled it earlier in the week then all those people would not have come to NY, thus costing the city millions in lost revenue

    November 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jackie Rivera

    Yeah, he values his future political aspirations too much.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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