Mayor Bloomberg: NYC Marathon Is Canceled
Mounting criticism forces mayor's hand
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 2, 2012 4:38 PM CDT
Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to the media at Seward Park High School on the lower east side, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in New York.    (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

(Newser) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled the New York City Marathon today after mounting criticism that it was wrong to hold the race while the region is still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. With people in storm-ravaged areas still shivering without electricity and the death toll in New York City at more than 40, many residents recoiled at the prospect of police officers being assigned to protect Sunday's race. An estimated 40,000 runners from around the world had been expected to take part in the 26.2-mile event.

The race had been scheduled to start in Staten Island, one of the hardest-hit areas by this week's storm.
A few hours after Bloomberg insisted the race would be held, he reversed himself when top city officials lined up against him. "We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it," the mayor said in a statement. "We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event—even one as meaningful as this—to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track."

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HANKHILL
Nov 3, 2012 1:08 PM CDT
damn bloomie and i was going to win this time! i know i was!
lahoud
Nov 3, 2012 12:02 PM CDT
Also canceled? The republican party's shot at the white house.
Fatquah
Nov 3, 2012 12:01 PM CDT
Anyone can still run the marathon. Just Google Map a route 26.2 miles from your home and have at it! Or can you only do it when accompanied by 10,000 others and over-the-top pomp and circumstance? (and have others pick up your refuse for you)