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. angela

    Definately the right choice. Only down side is that if will financially affect business who are still up and running. Alot of revenue from that event. Bottom line - people in need come first.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. noteasilyswayed

    The power of the people over the politicians..... remember this folks, because we are going to have to be loud and vocal over and over again in the coming years in order to get these politicians to focus on what is most important first.....BTW, where are all of the Wall Street CEO's when it comes to donating money to help with this recovery effort? Are they going to just kick back and let the government do the bulk of this? How about donating a few million to help the people recover from this storm?

    November 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Leslie

    We all know the truth, and that is Bloomberg would have held the NYC marathon if he had his way. His political career is over at this point.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cjb

    He finally figured out it would cost him his job in the long run. The whole country was up in arms over it.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Carolyn Talarico

    I am so happy to hear that finally a GREAT decision has been made. As a RUNNER I am sure that every Runner would gladly help out anywhere in the city, CLEAN UP, check in on the elderly, pass out the food that would have been passed out to runners ETC.....47,000 runners can cover a lot of ground and provide a huge amount of support during this weekend!!! Thanks BLOOMBERG

    November 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. S.Smith

    Common sense. It's cold, no heat, no lights, food going bad in the freezer. Last thing I would want to see are runners blocking traffic and closing streets so essential truckload of gasoline and milk can't get through.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KitCat

    it was a poor decision in the first place to say they were going ahead with it... that was just like ' hey people are dying and need water and food and shelter, but hey, let's have a party, let's have a race like everything is normal... no big deal that people are hurting..."

    why can't people in charge make the smart decisions without making a really dumb one first??

    November 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. givemepizza

    I think you need to rethink your ongoing support for your mayor. He's lost it.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • cajr

      i mean really. it just goes to show you what kind of a bonehead he is for even considering it.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cajr

    this is the best choice but its got obama's finger prints all over it. im sure the talk went like this. you endorse me. you run race. people mad at you, and as an extension, me. lets shut this thing down before we both take a hit and i'll ensure a few million more in aid comes your way.wink wink.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • cj


      November 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linds

      *Head Desk*
      He cancelled after not having support from anyone to do it.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ballsy

    He made a good decision. The marathon could have gone on but the mood of the people cant be ignored. I got his point though he was trying to inspire the c ity of NY because people feel so bad right now but it's too early for something as frivolus as the marathon when compared to people dying and suffering. I believe Bloomberg is a good leader and those who say fire him are just upset because he didnt endorse Romney !

    November 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Aud

    I hope some of the runners will still travel to NY or even NJ to volunteer (where ever they can) since they already have the time off and travel $$$.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. R

    Well one less talking point for the right this is important but they go one to blame the president there's uh bloomberg and the gov. u could vent on.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Don

    Are you kidding me, calling off the race. Why aren't they also canceling the football game on Sunday or the basketball game tonight. It is simply Bloomberg wanting to get re-elect again. Absolutely the wrong thing to do.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • odum barkley

      Wrong for those living the comfortable life in NYC or on the moon.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • nadinesh

      They can cancel the football game for all I care. It's happening a few miles from the most piteous destruction. But I think the point is that you got a football game in one specific place. There will be horrendous traffic on the Jersey Turnpike and so forth, but not many thousands of runners running through the streets of the five boroughs - and many of those streets in terrible shape. Also, I'd point out that Mayor Bloomberg has no control over any football game - especially one in New Jersey.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. odum barkley

    Did the mayor sprout a brain or is he just thinking about future polltical aspirations?

    November 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nancy

    I think this was the right decision, and one I am sure was difficult to make. There are so many people to think about with this issue...the people whose lives have been so upset by the hurricane as well as the street vendors and small business owners who depend on income from the marathon. No matter what the decision would be, someone would be hurt. So, what can we do to help out both groups?

    November 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • cj

      Perhaps some of those 12,000 volunteers could be re-routed to Stanton Island for clean up duty or to deliver supplies.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarathonMice

      Stick all 47,000 runners into a GIANT mousewheel connected to a generator and make them run the 26 miles. This should help restore electric power to those still in the dark. In all seriousness, good call by the Mayor.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert H.

      This should not have been a difficult decision at all. Nobody with any sense would have hinted at continuing with a race, or any other sporting event. The primary responsibility should always be towards the care of the people. As long as one street is covered, one sewer clogged, or one home still destroyed then efforts should be placed towards restoration. There are many more pressing matters than the event. If they still wish to participate, they can put that strength and stamina that many do not have to use and help clean and rebuild the live upset by this event.

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