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. Sid Prejean

    Tough call. Good call.

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

    Last minute to save face. What a tool. 🙁

    November 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SDmarathnr

    Still, in the end, a very good decision though.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chandler fry

    stupid call all those people train hard all year and would boost people spirit what next shut down brodway shows and concertsa nd anythng else goin on in city this about new york spirit and being tough and not lettin a storm stop life cuz as bad as it was it could been worse but people selfish now and if they not happy then no one be happy funny how that go

    November 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • jan wheeler

      Silly comment. Postpone the race and let the runners train for another couple of weeks and they'll be in even better condition. There's a time for everything and this just wasn't the right time to run the Marathon. The City doesn't need even one extra person right now.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • se

      wow you're a moron...1st off there are still people with no power, downed tree's everywhere and there's a 2 hour wait for gasoline. If somone was fortunate enough not to have damage then they are probably helping someone esle who does. You are a complete and utter insensitive idiot if you think the marathon should go on.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      yes the stupid call was letting these imbeciles clog up NYC when NYC needed all its resources and help....
      the ONLY running these people should be doing is getting water out to the people without power...
      GAS is getting scarce so these people can RUN it out.... get the Vietnamese people carts and have them transport people too

      November 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunnysout

      Broadway shows have been canceled due to the storm. If you were in the situation, how would you feel knowing you don't have power and yet, at Central Park generators are in use for marathon volunteers? Put it in perspective.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeffrey

      Chandler, I'm one of those runners who trained for the race. I agree that the race should have been cancelled. It should have been cancelled a couple days ago. Delaying it for a week or a month would not have worked, if for no othe reason than it would have been very difficult to get another hotel room.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ter

      And what about the NY Giants vs Pittsburg Steelers game?

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

    Good decision. Thank you.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mark

    The cancellation of this race was handled very poorly!! People travel from other countries for this race days in advance. They are already there, the expo has already started and the mayor finally comes out and says it's cancelled. This should have been cancelled a day after Sandy hit.....not now.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dark Poet

    Damn Good Call

    November 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chazzz

    ...SUPPOSE THEY GAVE A RACE AND NO ONE CAME ???

    November 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ibuk

    I hope all of the out of town runners and entourages who have spent a significant amount of money on training, travel and accommodation getting to New York, let alone the money the still have to spend in New York until their return home are going to be fully reimbursed by the critics who force this cancellation.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Netninja

    Mayor Bloomberg is a Schmuck. He was absolutely wrong to let it go on in the first place. He did not fully assess the situation and for that he is another ineffectual so called leader that needs to go.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kevin

    I think it could have still gone on and helped the area financially although too many people seem to be upset at the idea. The roads do progressively open from the start of the marathon about 30 minutes after the start. So I didn't see an issue with getting goods to those in need. The area is now dependent on donations from Americans. Unless security concerns had come up, I would have said, "They show must go on"

    November 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    If you want to know what will happen, ask how money is involved

    November 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ryan

    When is he up for re-election? Thank you Mayor Bloomberg for swaying extra votes to Romney!!!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CMA

    Perhaps the right decision, but it came way too late for both New Yorkers affected by Sandy and runners that have already made there way to cIty from all over the world because the race was scheduled to go forward. NYRR and NYC, you will both lose in the long run.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fraser

    right decision, sorry for the runners who have come in from all over the world and spent thousands of dollars on airfare and hotels, but this will allow the region to get back to normality, many people have really suffered from this Hurricane and their needs are more urgent and important !

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