New York City is slowly getting back on its feet after, nearly, a full week of dealing with the aftermath of the storm. So you would think that now wouldn’t be the time to have a huge Marathon that would divert man power away from the clean-up and recovery effort, right? Wrong, stupid!
It’s still going down.
However, Unlike Mayor Bloomberg, some people don’t think it’s a good idea to go forward with the ING Marathon (but the runners practiced really hard!). But the $340 million the Marathon usually brings into the city doesn’t hurt either. And Marathon organizers say they’ll be raising money for a recovery fund. So there’s that.
People in Staten Island, who feel over looked in the post Sandy aftermath, seem particularly upset at the news the event will still happen – the course runs through Staten Island, to Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx.
Their anger seems warranted as thousands are still with out power and in need of food and water throughout the area. This might even be enough to make them want to succeed from the city.
So even though the decision has already been made, is it really a good idea for the city to host the marathon at a time like this?
UPDATE: The Mayor has come to his senses and canceled the Marathon. The pressure was really starting to build for Bloomberg. Critics were starting to wonder why he decided to hold it so soon after the storm, and were increasingly getting more vocal. So late today, news came down it’s donzzo.
This is the message the mayor sent out:
“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”.
Good going, Bloomy.
[Cited: cbsnews // Photo Via: Marathonomy]