NYC Marathon Cancelled (11-5)

The press release below was issued on
Friday evening. NYC Mayor Bloomberg had previously stated the marathon
would be run but was facing a rising backlash of opposition to the
insensitivity holding the event while so many were suffering. The death
toll stands at 40 and earlier in the day two more bodies were found on
Staten Island, starting point for the marathon.
Please see below a joint statement from Mayor Bloomberg and NYRR President and CEO Mary Wittenberg:


“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.”

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