Despite his strong feelings this afternoon about keeping the race running, Mayor Bloomberg has just declared in a statement that he is cancelling Sunday’s New York City Marathon. He says it has become a source of controversy and does not want that to ruin the event for the participants.
“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.”
Mayor Bloomberg has gotten his fair share of criticism for deciding to go ahead with the annual New York City Marathon, given the devastation throughout the city following Hurricane Sandy, including not far from the starting line in Staten Island. But the mayor is sticking to his previous promise to have the race run, to send a message of New York’s recovery and to help buoy an economy that has been battered by the storm.
“As Rudy Giuliani said to me this morning, he said, ‘You know, right after 9/11 people said the same thing,’” Mayor Bloomberg said. Being Mike Bloomberg, he then launched into an economic defense for his decision. “New York has to show that we’re here, we are going to recover, and that while we help people we can still help companies that need the business, still generate the tax base so that we have the resources to help people. We can give people something to cheer about in what’s been a very dismal week for some people.”
New York City Marathon
If you have been spending your days reading only the A section of The New York Times lately, we can forgive you for thinking that this weekend’s NYC marathon might be canceled over something as mercurial as a hurricane. After all, that’s what Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said today: That holding a major event in a city while its still reeling from a crisis is potentially not the best idea. (Although hey, it certainly would be the fastest way to get over any of New York’s bridges.)
And that makes sense, at least on the surface. But dig a little deeper … say, to Thursday Styles, and you’ll find out the real reason people don’t want to spend Sunday running around a ghost town. They’re afraid someone will take a stupid picture of them.
New York City Marathon
If you ever needed an excuse to tell friends and family why you won’t be participating in the grueling 26.2-mile New York City Marathon this year, the organizers at New York Road Runners just gave you an easy out. The NYRR announced yesterday that they will no longer be shuttling the bags of its participants from the start line in Fort Wadsworth to the finish in Central Park.
Meaning that if you want your cell phone, key, change of clothing or any other amenities once you’ve just finished putting your body through an grueling and unnecessarily taxing endurance challenge, you’ll have to carry them with you.
You would think the NYRR was doing this to save money–as the UPS trucks previously used to move the runners’ bags came out of the organization’s pockets–but you’d be wrong. They’re just doing it because they feel like it and are sick of getting yelled at for not delivering bags in an orderly fashion.
So now you runners get nothing. See how you like them apples!
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