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. KC

    Having run many many races before and coming up. This is 100% the right decision it's time to help folks out right now!

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

    Finally, a smart choice out of Bloomberg's administration. New Yorkers need attention and help and resources - not the opportunity to watch a bunch of political elitists cheer on the marathon runners from their Fantasy-based LalaLand.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. c$

    He only cancelled it for political reasons. Its been proven that resources were taken away from recovery efforts to hold the marathon. The damage is done he should just hold it now.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ladyofargonne

    The marathon is being canceled because of the negative back lash. It's a little late for Bloomberg to come out this less than a complete jerk.

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

      Doesn't matter. Give me the politician that is "caving in" to the will of the people. Isn't that what he's *supposed* to do?

      November 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scotty

    They should have made this decision earlier. Why wait until there are 30K people on flights to NYC to do this?

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

      because, if he'd have canceled it earlier in the week, then all those people don't show up in NY, thus costing the city millions in reveune

      November 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • American

      The hurricane was predicted more than a week in advance. Perhaps you should have planned accordingly, but now that you are there, feel free to pick up a shovel.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Not your average Blunderburg

    what was this guy thinking??
    It just goes to show that Bloomberb is a blundering idiot.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • sick of obama

      TIME TO VOTE THIS FOOL OUT OF OFFICE (OBAMY AND BLOOMBERT)

      November 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Full Name

      "sick of obama", way to go dragging politics into this. You should be ashamed.

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

    Tough decision but 100% garuntee the biggest complaints about the cancellation will come from those who earlier were complaining about the race still being held.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jack

    Resources would not have been diverted from recovery/rescue efforts because those resources were obviously not being used for recovery efforts in the first place. HELP THOSE PEOPLE!!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lori

    He felt the pressure ... I think he had no choice ..... thank god!!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gustavo Selig

    It's the right thing to do, after people have to suffer losses of life and property.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ann

    Thanks for your courage and sensitivity, Mayor Blooomberg.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sheesh

    A MARATHON RACE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HELPING PEOPLE GET THEIR HOMES & LIVES BACK AS WELL AS ELECTRICTY RESTORED TO THE MILLIONS STILL WITHOUT IT??? SOME PEOPLE JUST-MAKE-ME-SICK!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tashs

    DUH! there are more important things to worry about there than some stupid marathon....oh I dont know...things like FOOD, SHELTER, WATER, for people that need it. Cmon people, get off your Nerd Wagon, help people out instead of running in a circle!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. neilghurrah

    I attended a benefit for the victims of 9/11 here in Manchester, UK, that was attended by representatives of New York's finest, who let us know first-hand how New-Yorkers would bounce back:, with great dignity and determination.

    After yet another disaster hits New York, I'm so glad that this race has been cancelled – New York will show again it's resillience, but the time for celebration is not yet: first comes securing loved ones and a chance to mourn the dead: – celebration and rebirth will come soon enough.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joeymom

    I hope the event and sponsors think to divert the resources and volunteers to helping the folks of Staten Island.

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