How Strongly Worded Will Your Petition Against the Marathon Be?

 How Strongly Worded Will <em>Your</em> Petition Against the Marathon Be? Mayor Bloomberg and the CEO of New York Road Runners (NYRR), Mary Wittenberg, are already coming under intense criticism from public officials for their decision not delay the New York City Marathon this weekend. This hasn’t seemed to sway them from their position that the race will “pull people together.”

But maybe they haven’t been reading the letters over at the internet’s largest petition site, Change.org.

Jeff Smith of Pratt University started a Change.org petition yesterday asking Bloomberg and Wittenberg to postpone the race. The letter already has 24,700 signatures. The petition itself is very nicely worded:

Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Mary Wittenberg, CEO of NYRR: Postpone the NYC Marathon until Spring 2013

Police, fire and other emergency services should not be diverted to the Marathon during this time of crisis. This event is always a positive event and it should not be turned into a hugely negative drain on city resources. The potential effects can be devastating. Please postpone this race until the Spring of 2013.

Petition Letter

Dear Mayor and Ms. Wittenberg – Please reconsider your decision to hold the ING NYC Marathon this year. New York City is not behind your decision. Please postpone the NYC Marathon until Spring 2013
Thank you.
[Your name]

The comment section–where supporters are encouraged to give their reason for signing–is not as civil. This is the second-most “liked” response on the whole petition, from a Luisa Lisciandrello in Brooklyn:

THIS IS AN EPIC FAIL FOR BLOOMBERG AND MARY WITTENBERG. HOW DARE YOU WASTE OUR RESOURCES ON THIS FRIVILOUS BULLSHIT WHEN PEOPLE ARE STILL DIGGING DEAD BODIES OUT OF THE MUD HERE? WHILE PEOPLE ARE STARVING AND DUMPSTER DIVING YOU DARE TO TRY AND CLOSE OUR ONLY CONDUITS FOR A RIDICULOUS RACE IN THE NAME OF MAKING A FEW BUCKS? THE SOULS OF EVERY DEAD NEW YORKER, CHILD THROUGH ELDERLY, IS ON YOUR HEAD AND YOU CONTINUE TO SLEEP GOOD AT NIGHT. THE PERSONIFICATION OF GREED AND EVIL. DO THE RIGHT AND ONLY THING AND POSTPONE THIS RACE AND SALVAGE SOME OF YOUR DECENCY.