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. R Bradley

    This is a result of public opinion, now if you all can realize this, that your voice does count, perhaps you all in America will stand up to your federal governments passing of the Patriot Act, adoption of Agenda 21, etc. Then and only then will the history books show you took a stance against the tyranny that is ruining all of us. There are no terrorists dumb enough to attack you. It cant be done. WTC in 93, Oklahoma City, 911- all done with the complicity of your leaders. Dont end up on the page next to Hitler. Please.

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

    The right decision, for sure. Now, how about the race organizers and sponsors provide everything they were planning to provide - tents, heat, water, food - to flood victims?

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

    Maybe if there were a couple more weeks to a month...but ya, if the power and transit is still down in areas, hosting an event would be a distraction, not a celebration. Sad, and hard, but there will be next year, and I hope everyone affected will be much better then. I see that it could boost moral..but really, that only works when people aren't homeless and feeling vulnerable and desperate. Get your ducks in a row first....rebuild the metropolis....the marathon will take care of itself next year. 🙂 It was the RIGHT decision. 🙂 Luv to NYC and all affected

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

      well-said!!

      November 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NFG

    Wouldnt divert resources? Of course it would! There are no EXTRA resources! If there are any resources anywhere they are needed. Wow, unbelievable. Im so glad the outcry worked though. Thank goodness.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. daveogilvy47

    Good call.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Full Name

    I think it was wise to cancel it. It is hard to imagine that none of the resources used for such an event would be more useful managing the troubles in the area.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    Took you long enough Mayor. This should have happened immediately. Diverting resources from helping people to a bunch of runners who aren't for the most part from the city, is a travesty. It should have never been a question.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tom Suntrre

    NYC's mayor backtracked, folks werecomplaining to loud after he announced NYC police resources would be used to support the marathon when their help is needed elsewhere to recover from Sandy, he messed up and is changing his tune now with canceling the marathon. Folks in NYC wont forget what he did, it was a bad decision.

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

      spoken like someone from Westchester County. I don't think he's worried about *your* vote.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Colleen mcleod

    why are canadian utility workers heading to usa to help restore utilities told no as they are not part of that union one would think the help would be welcomed with open arms as per a news cast on global edmonton that was reported this am

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

      This has already been shown false, do research, all you need to do is get on Twitter to find that out

      November 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BinaryTooth

    The right decision was to cancel it immediately and not wait for public outcry to help you figure it out. Libs!

    November 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. not a runner

    I am not a runner, but my wife is. It was going to be her first marathon. She worked so hard to prepare herself for it. I feal sorry for her and all the other athlets from around the world that were going to take part. Still, I think it was the right dessision. I hope they pospone it for next week or something.

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

      New York would not be ready next week either

      November 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. heather

    Bloomberg should've cancelled it on Monday. NJ and NYC are still a mess. Clean up, recovery, supplies FAR FAR FAR TOO TOO TOO SLOW. Worse than Katrina. Obama's photo op was a joke. It is a mess. Romney gathering supplies is just what the east coast needs. NOT more empty promises.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    This story starts off with "due to lingering effects" ....you kidding me! Effects haven't even begun. Story ends with significant progress has been made....you kidding again.....CNN does not have a clue. People are hungry, cold, homeless, scared, frustrated and the REAL news is not being reported. How about taking the 12,000 marathon volunteers and help someone who might need it. Thousands do! Maybe the runners could run to the coast with food and water. Now that would be news!

    November 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tam

    Of course. This was a no brainer. You can run any other time.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Americagoneinsane

    Sad but the correct decision.

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