Home NaBloPoMo Why The Mayor HAD to Cancel the ING NYC Marathon

As we enter into day 5 of the recovery from Sandy, I am actually realizing that next to 9/11 this is actually one of the worst things my city has ever been through…in some ways almost worse than 9/11.

I, like most, am glued to my TV watching Sandy coverage. My poor husband is sick of it.

I am watching story after story, people who are cold without heat and power, people who have lost everything and are hungry…

There was one story of people going through a huge dumpster looking for SOME kind of food any kind of food…

And I can barely type this without having tears in my eyes…but I keep watching about the woman who lost her two young boys 2 & 4, who were ripped out of her arms, while trying to get away from the surge.

The stories are endless and heartbreaking.

This is our Katrina.

People still need to be rescued. People need to be fed.

POWER needs to be restored. Immediately.

Homes…million dollar homes…and modest homes are destroyed.


A member of my church family’s daughter was electrocuted when she stepped into the water outside her home…

Do I need to rest my case?

I heard a reporter say today that “There is a thin line between sensitivity and resilience”

I love the marathon, every November I curl up in my bed and watch the coverage ALL day and marvel at how amazing these runners are.

A few years ago, I volunteered for the event, witnessing first hand how hard it was for people at mile 16, handing out water and guiding ailing runners to medics.

Right now however, we have a different focus.

I understand that people have plans, I understand people have trained, I understand that there is a lot of money that comes into the city because of this race.

I understand.

No one know more about resilience than New Yorkers…its our middle name.

It’s simply too soon.

Someone even suggested postponing, (which would be great) or running it on Sunday in Central Park only (which is even better) but running through Staten Island, where they are still recovering bodies…?


He made the right move.

Do you guys think the Marathon should happen?

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@MediaRemedial November 3, 2012 - 9:39 pm

I absolutely agree. Not when people are still recovering their people. Not when people who cannot run are standing there staring at everything they used to have. Not when generators are brought in to keep the press tent going and people are standing in hours-long lines to get gas for their own generators–or they don't have a generator of their own. Not when they're running their own marathons just trying to get to work to pay for their homes that still don't have electricity or heat or hot water. It was too soon. Maybe if they'd done it around Central Park, that could have worked, but even so, that's not where the attention should be right now. The athletes are still in top physical condition even if they don't get to prove it, and that has to be enough, particularly when so many have lost their lives. I hope the marathoners who came to town and/or set the day aside to run will continue doing a marathon of volunteering, instead.

Losing in the City November 3, 2012 - 9:32 pm

I am with you 100%, the marathon had to be cancelled. People are struggling out there. From Brooklyn to Staten Island. the marathon would have taken away a lot of resources from people who really need it right now. I think it was the absolutely right decision and I'm glad the mayor did it. i feel for the runners who have trained so hard, but there will be other races.

Amanda November 4, 2012 - 1:54 am

Definitely agree with you! I haven't been able to keep up with the coverage because my house was out of power since Monday. At 6am today I seen light and finally felt heat. Some people just don't understand that this is a natural disaster. This won't be easy to recover from. It's like 9/11.. we're still trying to piece that together. Those who were survivors of Katrina are still trying to make a mends of that as well. No one would've thought our big city would've been crippled like this but this wasn't avoidable. That marathon can wait. End of story. This havoc will take a while to recover from. Jersey's is a ticking bomb with all the gas leaks and flooding, Staten Island, Long Island,City Island, parts of the city, and a lot of other areas are under water. It's just too much.

NavyWif33 November 4, 2012 - 8:32 pm

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rosesdaughter November 5, 2012 - 10:42 am

I'm so glad that they cancelled the marathon! it was so inappropriate!

bklynactivemama November 5, 2012 - 12:42 pm

The generators alone can power up so many houses!

bklynactivemama November 5, 2012 - 12:44 pm

I thought maybe doing it around Central park would have worked too, but I'm thinking 20k people around central park?! yikes. There IS a brooklyn marathon coming up so maybe they can get it that one. Thanks so much for stopping by!

bklynactivemama November 5, 2012 - 12:45 pm

You made a great point, a lot of people still don't call this a "disaster" but it definitely is! The marathon would have poured salt on everyone's open wounds. Thanks so much for your comment.

bklynactivemama November 5, 2012 - 12:45 pm

No problem!

bklynactivemama November 5, 2012 - 12:46 pm

Girl, yes. WAY too soon.

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