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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  1. 32 ounces of sense too late

    Now the next thing to do that's sensible is to dump the big gulp ban...I'd be a little more than angry though if I'd trapsed all the way across the country or world to have him pull the rug out this late.

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

    No Michael, the race is not the source of controversy and division; your stupidity is. I guess wealth and intelligence can be mutually exclusive.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kikibaba

    Wise political decision?...Bloomberg got nervous once he realized that the thousands of marathon volunteers were not going to participate and instead were going to help the victims living in Staten Island. The marathon would have been an abysmal failure - nothing short of a catastrophe. His political career would have been thrashed. This decision, my friends, was all about self preservation and nothing at all about the needs of the citizens. Bloomberg is no Chris Christie.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Problem solver

    Give all the runers a backpack of food and supplies to take to someone in need. Solve 2 problems at the same time!

    November 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill Davis

    Real silly Mayor bring 40,000 plus more into the area, Vote him out next time.....

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

      Dont worry, the 40k people will never come back to NY either

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

    Absolutely the right should've been postponed/cancelled on sunday night, though. It's unfortunate for the runners who trained and traveled to the city, but it would've been so inappropriate to bus in 40,000 runners to the start line in a borough that hasn't had power, food or water for nearly a week. how 'bout using those buses to bring in some supplies to staten island and other devastated areas? and the whole thing about "it would not divert resources" is a JOKE. where will they take marathoners requiring medical attention? to one of the hospitals that are already at capacity because of NYU and Bellevue closures? gee, that makes sense.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Justeeny

    This is the right decision. Compared to the devastation in New Jersey, and New York, the NY Marathon is a frivolous event that can certainly be postponed. They should postpone it not only because all resources should be directed to those most in need during this catastrophic time, but also because it's disrespectful given the devastation and loss of life. It seemed selfish and self involved and not at all heroic in the sense that "the race must go on." Good decision by Mayor Bloomberg.

    So does this decision make Mayor Bloomberg a flip flopper? Or does this show a leader leading by the will of the people? I think this turn around shows a strong leader that listens to the people he is leading. He was decisive when he made the decision to forge ahead with the race, and just as decisive when he chose to cancel it.

    I would vote for Mayor Bloomberg for president of the United States. I already voted for Romney for 2012. I voted for Obama in 2008. See how that works. See how party lines can get blurred. I vote for the PERSON that can do the most for the country. Party lines are very blurry.

    And I feel the vast majority of us are hybrids in our political and philosophical leanings, caring about much of the same things regardless of red or blue affiliations, much more than we differ.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Khalid

    Let the athletes come and have them help clean up the city, that would be some serious workout worth doing !

    November 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mary

    "not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants." Is that the cloud of ignoring the victims??

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

    Anyone arguing it should go on for revenue is confused. The people are already there. The revenue won't be impacted much and more than off set by federal aid.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bloomberg is a Politician

    Spin it how you want, he stopped it because the smarter people complained. Now we need to kick him in the groin for backing Obama because of his Global Warming (read People are the cause) stand.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jamessavik

    New Yorkers are sure crying about a cat1 storm.

    If you thought Sandy was a blast, you would have loved Katrina, Andrew or Camile.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • PAsoonerwx

      That's not the way the weather works. Yes, Sandy was only a Cat. 1 in terms of wind speed, but there are other factors that determine the severity of storms. The barometric pressure was 940mb, which is comparable to a Cat. 3 or Cat. 4, and the diameter of tropical storm force winds was the largest ever in the Atlantic, almost 950 miles across. Also it traveled in such a way that it directed the storm surge right into the Long Island Sound and other areas along the coast. So while Katrina was worse overall, Sandy is right behind it in terms of impact. And yes, I am a meteorologist, so I know what I am talking about.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Goodtymes

    Great post.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mark C.

    Good call, Mayor. Now grow a pair and tell the union thugs to stand down, who are driving away good-hearted people who came to help those in need after the hurricane.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C.

      and CNN, get an editor and fix the story headline... Called off to Sandy???

      November 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • stillanidiot

      The only decision Bloomberg made was the idiotic one that goes: Lets keep the marathon going while emergency service is still digging up bodies.

      What you see is him in career saving mode – of which it is still over for him now.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. stillanidiot

    BTW This wasn't a "decision". BLOOMBERG'S DECISION was heartless and idiotic. This was a "OMG I BETTER CHANGE MY MIND OR I'M THROUGH!

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