As criticism continues to mount, it has been announced that the ING NYC Marathon scheduled for Sunday November 4 has been canceled.
Breaking news, from ABC News, has explained that the NYC Marathon by ING, has been canceled. However, there seems to be a conflict of information between the office of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the news outlets. Bloomberg's office is saying that the NYC Marathon is still going on despite what the media outlets are saying. As Hurricane Sandy made landfall, states along the eastern seaboard such as New York and New Jersey suffered much damage. On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama and New Jersey governor Chris Christie toured New Jersey to assess the damage. In the case of New York City, there has been heated debate on whether or not to cancel the NYC Marathon scheduled for Sunday, November 4.
News outlets such as ESPN are reporting that today the announcement has been made to cancel the event. It does note on Bloomberg's insistence that the NYC Marathon will still take place on Sunday. Bloomberg is facing backlash from many directions about this decision as New York City is focusing on post-Sandy recovery.
Reuters reports that both city officials and marathon officials were pressured to cancel the event. Perhaps the decision to continue with the race was not a good idea for Bloomberg.
According to an Associated Press article, found on ABC News, Bloomberg thought that having the NYC Marathon anyway would be a way to lift the spirits of those in NYC. What seemed to be for good intentions backfired and blew up in Bloomberg's face as he received criticism for the decision. Bloomberg cited former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, his predecessor, in regards to the marathon after the 9/11 attacks back in 2001. Bloomberg said that Giuliani, after the attacks, did the right thing by running the race.
CNN reported that the discussion has divided the people of NYC. One person interviewed in the article, a bar manager, said that the NYC Marathon is a good way to help the city recover as it brings needed revenue.
Those living in other parts of NYC, especially the hard hit areas, had a different view. One person said that it was the wrong decision to make.
A Sports Illustrated article posts that the NYC Marathon should be postponed by one week.
In the case of one hotel owner in Staten Island, he refuses to evict the refuges in favor for the runners that have reserved hotel rooms. Mary Wittenburg, who is the CEO of New York Road Runners, has taken the hotel owner's side in the matter.
Even runners are weighing in on the heated debate. Penny Krakoff, one of the runners, is boycotting the race and is encouraging others to do the same as well.
Update: Bloomberg announced that the NYC Marathon is canceled.