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. Daniel

    Bad call. Should have let the marathon continue. It would have brought a lot of revenue that could have helped towards recovery. And it also would have been nice to have all the participants to volunteer their time afterwards.

    I love my city, and life does go on. So should the marathon.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoJo

      You should say that to the many families who have no electricity for days, missing children, and damaged homes from the floods. I'm sure they would like to pat you on the back for your comment. But hey, at least we all can move on.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DameDessa

    someone twisted his arm....smart.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NJ

    Excellent decision!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ibuk

    Tonight's Knicks game is cancelled, correct?????

    November 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rosana

    it's a good choice to cancel that useless marathon..divert the funds to hurricane victim, and finally you made use of what you always say mayor that, "to use common sense".

    November 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Paul A

    My heart goes out to ALL who are suffering because of Sandy but I’ll pray for them but maybe they should have cancelled the race at the beginning of the week instead of allowing thousands of runner and families to travel to NYC … seriously nobody had any common sense or balls to make that decision! Somebody might want to tell the Marathon organizers, their website is still counting down for start time http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/

    November 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rehabmax

    it is the right thing to cancel it. So many people are suffering in New York. it would be callous to have such a relatively frivolous event in the scope of recent events.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. norebuilds

    awwwwww

    November 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. a little sad

    Second good decision in two days. Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg!

    November 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • samchugh

      Sure, "second good decision"...after he initially pushed to have the marathon GO ON, and the rest of the world called him out on his callousness. Too bad those "meddling storm victims" got in the way.

      I knew it wouldn't be long before Bloomberg did something to remind me why I loathe him as mayor.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Concerned Canadian

    As a Canadian our hearts continue to go out to all those suffering on the eastern seaboard. Everyone should be coming together to provide help to those in need and cancelling the marathon is the right decision. Thank goodness Maryo Bloomberg has made the right decision. Human life comes first not athletic events.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GUnther Renfrey

    If you elected Obama then you only have yourself to blame for high gas prices. Maybe you should put more air in your tires and put up your windmill...

    November 2, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • wildone

      Since when does the President of the United States set the price of gas, or bread, or milk, or IPods, or your beer? Get off your high horse.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. beachgalone

    race should have moved ahead with $$ going to victims.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chris

    The people have spoken on this matter and caused a positive result. Now on Tuesday we must do the same!

    November 2, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shuksan

    This is the right choice, there are always multiple things to consider and weigh - and all the "Bloomberg is an idiot" comments are just knee-jerk reactions. Thousands of runners their supporters have booked flights, thousands of hotels and restaurants will lose important income, and many of those runners/participants would have likley helped the locals as has happened in other disaster zones when out-of-state visitors arrive. Again, I think it was the right call but it is so tiresome to continue to read so many comments of people who narrowly think that there is only one right way to view things.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • stillanidiot

      Newsflash Shuksan – you are shallow.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shuksan

      Thanks, stillanidiot, for proving my point. Must be interesting to live in a world where it is so easy to put down and negatively label everyone and everything different than your point of view.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB

      It was the wrong call.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • nadinesh

      Shuksan, you are much too rational, calm, open-minded and reasonable for some of the jockstrops around here. That kind of reasonableness always provokes name-calling from their turtle brains. Ignore it. A large majority of people agree with you.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Concerned Canadian

    Great idea!

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