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. Rick

    Great Decison, Thanks Mayor for coming to that late minute decision

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

    OK. Logistically, it would have been very difficult to pull off. It would have also looked bad when so many people are still in peril. Good call.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 3:20:23

    Good call. As a Marathoner I support this decision even though I'm not running in this years race. NYC needs to focus on getting back on its feet more than hosting a race right now.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ug

      Gee...what a gay...

      November 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ug

    And as long as the city doesn't lose the 300 million dollars in sponsor for this stupud thing...vote Romney.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • 3:20:23

      Ah, yes – another "anonymous Internet Bad-*$#". Amazing how balzy people get in these comments, yet would NEVER say a word to someone's face. (Definition: Coward) Real classy.... P1$$ off, Troll – Take your negativity somewhere else.
      Semper Fi!

      November 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeffrey

      Semper Fi, I was looking forward to running my first NYC Marathon, but fully support the decision to cancel the race. I'll run it next year. My only regret was that I gave the Marine Corps Marathon a miss becaue I didn't want to try running marathons in consecutive weekends.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Get Real

    No large Cokes and now no marathon. No tunnels, no power, no voting machines, no clue:

    New York is The City of No.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Union, NJ Man

    It's too bad that Mayor Bloomberg changed his, mind, too many people complaining.The business really could use the help.

    WHAT GOOD DOES IT DO NOT TO HAVE THE RACE?

    November 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      u dont make any sense.... these people were taking up HOTELS that new yorkers needed to LIVE IN>.....
      there is no lost business....
      they are taking away transportation displaced new yorkers NEEDED.... there is no business lost

      November 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ug

      What are you a moron? people need water...gas...food...shelter and you worry about other stupid things...oh wait you're a lib huh.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      screw that Im a lib and i wanted it to be canceled too

      November 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • givemepizza

      It's about focusing on those who are suffering. Think!

      November 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      I heard there were reports of NON Union Utility Crews being turned away for trying to help. A: Is this accurate? and B: How do you feel about this?

      November 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bspurloc

    New Yorkers needing housing would have dragged these people out of the hotels and thrown them into the Hudson

    November 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tommy

    DUH! Bloomberg MUST be from Florida to be stupid enough to even attempt to hold the Marathon in the wake of this tragedy. GOTTA be a Floridiot!!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. maggie woo

    The NYC marathoners should run for the real cause to help the sandy storm victims out by getting them needed provisions. organize and spread out in groups across the city. they would cover far more territory. this shows a real sense of volunteering. i bet they would feel way more fullfilled.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike R

      I agree.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike C.

    I have several friends who were to run, but our city does not need to divert resources at this time for such a big event.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • maggie woo

      get the runners to organize and help out volunteering while in NYC; they would cover far more territory spreading the resources to people standing in lines. these people would be far more fullfilled if they could get organized to help out. there will be plenty of lessons learned for the other big cities. NYC needs to wake up take notice. RAISE THE BAR

      November 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kanank

    Bloomberg's ego is bigger than Hurricane Sandy and he wanted to promote himself as a superman by saying for the past so many days that the event will go on. A man with too much ego and his manuevr to get elected for the 3rd time shows that he is a man of little ethics and common sense. He thinks he is above everyone else and laws and rules don't apply to him because he has so many billions and so much power in controlling and filtering info thru his media. What a shameless human this man is?

    November 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wosfam24

    It was obvious he was "in bed" with someone or some group that did not want this race cancelled. He knew it was the right decision to cancel it all along. It's absolutely the right decision. And I agree, it should have been made on Tuesday, without question or hesitation.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike M

      You think he was "in bed" with Chris Christie? Oh wait, no that's Obama. Nevermind.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lily

    Good decision–but LATE–too bad all those resources were used for the last days getting ready for it-COULD HAVE BEEN DIRECTED TOWARD SOMETHING MEANINGFUL!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BD

    Is the mayor changing his endorsement as well? Bad decisions can come in bunches...

    November 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bspurloc

    good thing it wasnt mittens he would have thrown FEMA out of NYC and let the people starve just so RALPHALCO could DANCE down the streets....

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