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. stillanidiot

    look at all the flailing liberals hating truth!

    November 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      yeah keep the lies going on republican, to others and yourself....keep the lies going.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Great decision! Now throw Bloomberg out of office, he is not fit to lead, nor does he have New Yorkers best interest at heart. He definitely lives in a different world among the privileged and the elite.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kenn S.

    I said this earlier today: The NYC Marathon should proceed, BUT only if the "marathoners" can handle it themselves. We can't spare anything here. ALL money, supplies (including really powerful generators), and people who are working with those affected by Hurricane Sandy need to be used to HELP THE PEOPLE IN NEED. If the thousands of marathoners have to run, let them, just tell them, "Sorry marathoners. Really bad timing. We need ALL of our assets to ASSIST PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN HURT. Have a nice five-borough tour."

    November 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. s

    did anyone think that perhaps residents MIGHT have liked just a few hours to get away from disaster relief, no heat, gas, all the attending difficulties of this disaster, a few hours where they wouldn't have to think about it and look at the mess? and heaven FORBID new york should continue the marathon, one it's biggest annual sources of income, at a time when THEY NEED THE MONEY. after listening to ppl who were too stupid to leave crab about how they have no heat, in the face of ppl who have NO HOMES, and ppl refusing what help is available in some cases, i"ve pretty much lost sympathy for the bulk of new york residents. 4 days after a natural disaster the likes of which have not ever been seen in that area, ppl are already looking for who to blame, so they can figure out who to sue, mark my words. help is too slow, staten island? 4 days out, and you think that thousands of miles of wiring should already be repaired/replaced?

    November 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • DataDame

      Having been through a 500-year flood in a major city, I can assure you that NO ONE who's lost everthing in Sandy is thinking, "Gee, what we really need is to get away and watch a bunch of people run. That'll make us feel better about everything! Yay!" Believe me. When this happens to you, your world gets very small and stays that way for a while.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DB


    You are so wrong! Police WEREN'T being pulled away from other duties. Right now the police are directing traffic at intersections because the power is out. Bloomberg knows they won't be needed for that by Sunday. They will available for the race. What else should they be doing? They're not search and rescue, they're not EMTs, they're not utility workers. All the other things that need to be done AREN'T THE JOB OF THE POLICE.

    I'm sorry, but I'm the one making the logical argument. And by the way: I NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT A RETURN TO NORMALCY.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. spocksbrain

    If you have no electricity, there is water in your basement, and you are cold and confused at least you can be comforted to know you have right wing talk radio to help you focus your disdain - on liberals. Obama lies, when you are in trouble, there ARE liberals and conservatives! On the radio! The flailing libs, with their stoopid climate change and FEMA and disaster stuff, and gays marrying and the unborn going unprotected - those godless libs prolly created this fiasco! Thank god for right wing talk radio !

    November 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HRD

    awww they buckled to the pressure! What a shame. It would have been good for the folks in the area to be able to take their minds off the madness around them for a little while.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mo Greene

      Anyone who thinks that having the marathon would've been good to get people's minds off the storms aftermath is truly clueless. When Giuliani did the same after 9/11 it was 2 months after the fact, not less than a week.

      November 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • leslie

      Good to get their minds off things? Like what...the fact that the tunnels are flooded, there were dead bodies, people had no food, water, power and no gas. You believe that running a marathon is gonna help? Getting people what they need is gonna help not adding more stress to a stressful situation

      November 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • redski

      NYPD would be having a skull busting party with all the homeless and hungry attending it for a sip of water or food...
      It had to be done!

      November 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • keith kelin

      "Hey my home is wrecked and I'm living on the street think I'll go watch a bunch pf people run a marathon that'll make me feel better"
      lol yeah

      November 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wildone

    Well DB, it's a done deal, so you can rant and whine all you want about it all you want, but it won't make a damn bit of difference. So, my advice to you is to get over it and move on.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wildone

    Mayor Nanny may have done an about-face on having the marathon, but you can bet he won't back down on his ban on super-sized soft drinks.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ruby Williamson

    All city resources should be focused on the people of the city. Nothing should be going on but caring for them. Got a cop put him to work to keep people from looting got a fire fighter. Get those hoses going so toilets can flush, emt let the do food runs check on elderly whatever needs to be done.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wildone

    Bloomberg must be taking flip-flop lessons from Romney. Whichever way the wind (public opinion) blows, right Mayor Nanny? How about he makes the right call the first time instead of waiting until somebody tells him that "The show must go on" is not a good idea this time.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Norleen Koponen

    How about the marathon runners and those supposed to work for the marathon volunteer and/or donate their marathon fee to the storm recovery and assistance efforts, especially on Stanton Island and other hard hit areas. Channel your anger into something positive and helpful!

    November 2, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MCBob79

    Maybe the generators can be used to help people who are suffering and freezing instead of being used to hold some sporting event. Glad to see Bumbleberg caved. What a useless POS.

    November 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Shadow, Dublin, Ireland

    Get a grip Mr Doomburg. Your President and Gov Christie did their jobs well. Your comments are very juvenile. Remember that Mr Romney wanted to close down FEMA and have the states look after their own.
    On the question of the marathon the Mayor has been prudent- put the scarce resources into helping those in most need.
    Like many Irish people I have relatives and friends affected by Sandy. They have been well served by President Obama and Mr Christie in particular.
    Your blind hatred of Obama is evident from the tone of your text.

    November 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DTMAN7

    If you were effected...if your house was under water....If your power was out...if loved one was missing...would you not want EVERY resource working to help. Please...focus on the needs of the city. Stop thinking of the almighty dollar.

    November 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
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