Heard the rumors of the New York marathon canceled? Yes it is true. While speculation about the New York marathon loomed after this week's Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg originally believed it would be good for New York. Now he has changed the decision to allow marathoners and issued a statement postponing the event.
According to NBCNews, Mayor Bloomberg stated, "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."
Although the Mayor of New York City promised that no resources would be taken away from the rescue effort in nearby devastated Staten Island.
"We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it."
Smart move, Mr. Mayor. With residents of New York and New Jersey still missing and homes being completely burned to the ground, a marathon should not take place. While many believe that the marathon will bring important economic stimulation to the city, it is clear that all energy must be focused on search and rescue efforts.
Was this the right choice? The ING sponsored marathon even went as far as to dedicate the race to the victims of Hurricane Sandy and rename it "Race to Recover." With the New York marathon canceled, now all efforts can be placed in the right direction. When the initial burn of the damage caused by the super storm passes, then New Yorkers will be more than happy to host the ING N.Y. Marathon.