Hurricane Sandy had forced the NYC Marathon to be canceled; but, displaced runners have another chance courtesy of the Philadelphia Marathon organizers.
The anticipated New York City Marathon by ING ended up being canceled. What was supposed to take place on Sunday, November 4 was canceled due to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy when it made landfall. At first, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not want to cancel the race. As the pressure mounted, officials said that the race was canceled. Hurricane Sandy became more of a threat as it converged with the nor'easter. New York City and New Jersey were devastated. In the case of NYC, subway service is not yet fully restored due to the slow process of properly de-watering the tunnels which is being done by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
NYC's loss has become Philadelphia's gain. Many runners have already registered to compete in the NYC Marathon; but, they have become displaced. With nowhere to go due to the cancellation of the race, Philadelphia quickly capitalized. However, the Philadelphia Marathon wasn't the one that made the initial approach. Instead, the displaced NYC marathon runners were the ones that approached the Philadelphia Marathon. According to the director of the Philadelphia Marathon, they received hundreds of e-mails after the announcement that the NYC Marathon got canceled.
They pleaded and the organizers of the Philadelphia Marathon eventually said “yes.” This race, which is 26.2 miles, is the alternative to the NYC Marathon. However, not all the displaced runners are going to be able to participate. By the start of October, all the spots in the race have been sold out.
Back in November 7, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said that 3,000 spots will be opened to those that registered with the NYC Marathon; however, the spots will be awarded via a lottery system. Currently, the Philadelphia Marathon now has 16,000 participants.
Furthermore, half of the fees from the NY runners will go towards the Red Cross' hurricane-relief efforts. Philadelphia Marathon weekend is from November 16 to 18. The New York Road Runners have expressed their gratitude to the Philadelphia Marathon. There are plenty of runners who are participating in the hurricane-relief efforts at the moment.