New York Marathon Canceled for Sunday
Mayor bows to outcry
Bowing to growing criticism of his decision to go forward with scheduled plans for the city to host the ING New York City Marathon, Mayor Michael Bloomberg late Friday afternoon canceled the race for Sunday.
It was not immediately clear if the iconic run would be held at a later date or simply canceled altogether, according to the New York Times.
The cancelation of the race marks a first in its 42-year history. The race even went on months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Bloomberg and race organizers had argued that the marathon was both an economic boon for the city, as well as a way to boost the city's morale.
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However, the widespread death and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy only a week before the race was scheduled had many critics calling for a cancelation or postponement so as not to divert resources needed for ongoing rescue and recovery efforts. As of Friday, thousands of New Yorkers were still dealing with the loss of loved ones, homes and personal possessions. New York City's and the metropolitan region's mass transit systems remained hobbled, thousands of people remained without power and water, and police were having to man gas stations with fuel shortages fueling drivers' tempers.
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