The New York City Marathon that was scheduled for Sunday has been canceled. There were very strong mixed emotions about whether to continue with the race, given the situation in New York.
Many people were furious about the amount of resources needed for the marathon. HLN’s Vinnie Politan speaks with the woman who started the “Cancel the 2012 NYC Marathon” Facebook page.
Here is the full statement released by Mayor Michael Bloomberg:
“The Marathon has been an integral part of New York City’s life for 40 years and is an event tens of thousands of New Yorkers participate in and millions more watch. 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. The marathon has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of courage and determination. We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it. 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. The New York Road Runners will have additional information in the days ahead for participants.”
The races was supposed to start at Staten Island, one of the areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Supplies meant for the event, which included generators, food and water, will go to those in need.
A charity, Race to Recover, has established to allow marathon runners to donate their hotel rooms to displaced New Yorkers.
At an earlier news conference on Friday, Bloomberg defended his decision to hold the marathon.
"If you remember back to 9/11, I think Rudy made the right decision to run the marathon," he said, referring to former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. "I think we need to find some way to express ourselves and show solidarity."
Officials said the New York City Marathon generates an estimated $340 million into the city. The