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. JMed

    I really wish this had been the thought right after Sandy.. Now there are thousands of people flocking to NY who didn't get the message that the marathon was cancelled. I personally know at least 6 people who were on cross country flights this morning. My heart goes out to those in the east. Sad just very sad

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

    wonder how this old senile man changed his mind? LOL

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

    Now how about getting the organizers to put together all of the runners that are already there with lots of energy and comfy shoes to help deliver meals to the elderly, etc, maybe run out to Staten Island and help out?!!!

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

      well said, put them to help the victims

      November 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • mamasign1

      Great Idea. They could spend less time feeling sorry for themselves not being able to run the marathon and put their enery to good use.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Schapkj

    Bloomberg is an idiot for even considering letting the marathon go on.

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

    It would have been right to cancel it two days ago, but then we didn't. When we said "come we can do it" we should make it work.

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

    Glad to see Mayor Bloomberg regained his senses.

    Sad that a response I posted on CNN never got posted...So much for censorship, which they deny..

    CNN is not honest. and does censor.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Cancelling the race was the right thing to do.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    This was the right call, for all the right reasons.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bluesbaby

    I understand the marathon is an important sport event, however, looking at these heart wrenching images, the people on statin island, the loss, the death of 2 small boys, people freezing and hungry, i think it would be indignant to the residents of new york having people running around a dessemated city, carrying on with what they like to do, around all these desperate people. I think it would be very sad to see that. It would really make people look bad being in the marathon. I think the 47,000 people that go to the marathon should instead dedicate that day to helping others in place of the marathon.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 1234

    Good call NY!

    November 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jake

    So they wait until everyone has spent the money to travel to NY and then cancel the marathon?

    November 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bspurloc

    ALERT ALERT......

    Due to the GAS Shortages... cabbies re REFUSING to take anyone to the airport.....
    good job bloomberg... now the marathoners will have to RUN to the airport... no big deal....

    November 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. D987654321

    "While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division," Bloomberg said.

    He's either insane or drunk with power. What a tool. What a maroon! And New Yorkers elected this tool to 3 terms? Dolt!

    November 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bspurloc

    ALERT ALERT......

    Due to the GAS Shortages..... cabbies re REFUSING... to take anyone to the airport......
    good job bloomberg..... now the marathoners will have to RUN to the airport... no big deal....

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

    CNN got it wrong again. The Marathon was cancelled after widespread criticism and outrage after Bloomberg stated, then insisted that the race would go on. Kudos to the NY Post for leading the opposition. The race starts in Staten Island. Very misleading take by CNN.

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