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."

Read the full story here on CNN.com.

soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. NJ

    Good call.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emorse

      Isn't Mayor Bloomberg the same guy who endorsed Obama because Romney changed his positions too often???

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

      Due to the GAS Shortages... cabbies re REFUSING to take anyone to the airport.....
      good job bloomberg

      November 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mechwd2

    What do you know... common sense finally wins.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Crawford

    This is the right decision. But it should have been done on wednesday. A lot of unhappy runners/tourists who have come into city in past two days. Mayor Bloomberg got this one wrong ....

    November 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      No he shouldnt... that would NOT force these people to vacate the HOTELS displaced New yorkers need.... and it would not get them off transporation they need... CANCEL was the only smart decision

      November 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Paul

    "Mayor Michael Bloomberg had said earlier in the week the race would go on..." Earlier
    In the week? Really? He was defending his decision to not cancel the marathon just a few hours ago today.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. R.F. Burns

    The first time Bloomburg ever made the right decision.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • a little sad

      Well, he endorsed Obama yesterday, so that being right twice in 2 days.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • R.F. Burns

      Well, that decision just wiped this one out. Back to square one.

      November 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rami

    Wise decision.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MaryM

    Wise decision considering all the damage from Sandy

    November 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. R.F. Burns

    Unfortunately, he decided too late.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JCDrumKing

    Thank you for cancelling. I am a runner too, but I could not Believe they were still putting this race on. Can't believe they were even Trying to. Cancelling is the right thing. Now hopefully help can get to some a little sooner and the clean-up effort can go a little smoother.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeffrey

      So, will we get our money back?

      November 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike M

    "This city is a city where have to go on" ?????

    November 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ralph Heil

    Finally, the Mayor gets it right. Hosting a silly event like the marathon while people are struggling for their lives makes no sense.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hanna

    It sounds like someone with some smarts slapped him in the head to knock some sense into him. This shouldn't have been an issue to begin with and the mayor should be concentrating on the clean up of the city and the victims/family. Then again, he probably has more pressing issues like soda or governing what people eat. *diot!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. leen321

    Thank you. The absolute correct decision by the Mayor.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sick of obama

    FIRE BLOOMBERG

    HE IS AN IDIOT

    November 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike M

    Mayor Bloomberg is an idiot. The fact that it took him this long to see he was 100% wrong in insisting the marathon be held despite the devestation is amazing.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
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