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Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:13 PM

NYC Marathon Canceled, Reports NBC News

Source: Reuters

@Reuters: No word on rescheduled date for NYC Marathon - NBC News

New York City Marathon will be canceled: city official

Fri Nov 2, 2012 5:34pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The New York City Marathon, one of the premier U.S. distance-running events, will not take place as planned on Sunday, a New York city official said.

City officials and the organizers of the marathon have been under pressure to cancel the event as the Northeast struggles to recover from heavy flooding and power outages caused by superstorm Sandy.


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE8A103R20121102

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Reply NYC Marathon Canceled, Reports NBC News (Original post)
Hissyspit Nov 2012 OP
Chakab Nov 2012 #1
Dont call me Shirley Nov 2012 #5
awoke_in_2003 Nov 2012 #36
progressivebydesign Nov 2012 #2
SoapBox Nov 2012 #3
speedoo Nov 2012 #4
Graybeard Nov 2012 #6
pnwmom Nov 2012 #19
Earth_First Nov 2012 #7
CreekDog Nov 2012 #8
Earth_First Nov 2012 #9
christx30 Nov 2012 #43
TDale313 Nov 2012 #10
BumRushDaShow Nov 2012 #11
Nye Bevan Nov 2012 #12
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #13
closeupready Nov 2012 #14
KoKo Nov 2012 #22
KoKo Nov 2012 #24
closeupready Nov 2012 #34
mike dub Nov 2012 #37
BumRushDaShow Nov 2012 #15
Gin Nov 2012 #16
nolabear Nov 2012 #17
oswaldactedalone Nov 2012 #18
KoKo Nov 2012 #20
magical thyme Nov 2012 #21
dipsydoodle Nov 2012 #23
SidDithers Nov 2012 #25
Patiod Nov 2012 #26
geckosfeet Nov 2012 #27
FailureToCommunicate Nov 2012 #28
TBF Nov 2012 #29
jimlup Nov 2012 #30
uwbadgerdem Nov 2012 #38
defacto7 Nov 2012 #31
beachgirl2365 Nov 2012 #32
Skittles Nov 2012 #33
uwbadgerdem Nov 2012 #39
Purveyor Nov 2012 #35
DemoTex Nov 2012 #40
Superbot Nov 2012 #41
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #42
alarimer Nov 2012 #44

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:16 PM

1. Good. I have no idea what

Bloomberg was doing dragging it on this long.

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Response to Chakab (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:18 PM

5. Political manuevering; he wanted to hear the rightie hate merchants flip out.

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Response to Chakab (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 07:53 PM

36. Not trying to defend him...

but he has a few things on his plate.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:16 PM

2. Hope it's a reschedule. A lot of charities and local businesses depend on the event.

Have they mentioned a possible reschedule? Having the Marathon at a better time is going to mean A LOT of recovery money for small businesses and charities affected by Sandy.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:17 PM

3. Seeing it now on CNBC.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:18 PM

4. WCBS tv in NYC says it's postponed.

No source cited.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:18 PM

6. And the right decision imo.

Too bad his original go ahead was a big mis-step by Mayor Bloomie in his good handling of the crisis.

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Response to Graybeard (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:47 PM

19. It wasn't "good handling" of the crisis when he turned down FEMA help preparing for it.

Help that NJ and other states were glad to take.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:18 PM

7. Kudos

Good decision.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:18 PM

8. finally some sanity

moving on is one thing, but moving on when people are still needing life-saving help is another.

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:21 PM

9. Moving on post-9/11 v. Hurricane Sandy

Holding the NYC Marathon in the weeks following 9/11 was one thing.
It proved to the world that we would not be deterred.

Holding the NYC Marathon to spite a hurricane? Assinine. It proves nothing. To no one.

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 06:57 AM

43. But if we don't hold the marathon,

the hurricane wins!

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:21 PM

10. Good decision.

Hopefully they can reschedule.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:24 PM

11. The NY Times sent an alert.

I think this is finally a good decision.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:24 PM

12. Perhaps it was today's NY Post cover, with the humongous generators in Central Park,

which were there to keep the "media tent" climate controlled, that finally forced Bloomberg's hand.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:25 PM

13. Good! Nobody here wants this. I was in Staten Island today to check on relatives, and nobody in SI

wanted the marathon. Good move from our clueless mayor.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:34 PM

14. Likely a painful call, but people in the city are really hurting.

Use public resources to get back life to normal as soon as possible. K&R

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Response to closeupready (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:54 PM

22. Or, was a clever pitch to try to make him get back in the good with Business folks after he endorsed

Obama?

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Response to closeupready (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:55 PM

24. What Public Resources? Huh?

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Response to KoKo (Reply #24)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 07:47 PM

34. Law enforcement for crowd control, to prevent looting,

to help get food out to the hungry and homeless - all the things needed to rebuild that cost money.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #34)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 08:07 PM

37. correct

I ran the Boston Marathon once (Walt Disney World Marathon *many times) and the amount of law enforcement and EMT standby on just that one marathon is astounding, to me. The Boston Marathon runs through 5 ?? municipalities on its way into downtown Boston and police from each town line and guard the cross-streets all along the entire 26.2 mile course. Although great events, marathons are a huge drain on public resources.

First as an American, I agree with the cancellation of the NYC Marathon in the wake of the storm. But also as a marathoner I think it's a great call --with some hotels (Staten Island, for sure) rightfully housing folks displaced and homeless due to the storm, and unable to turn rooms over for arriving marathoners. Better to cancel the event than also have marathoners from outside the region having nowhere to stay the day or two before the marathon. ...and marathoners who've been "tapering" (reducing weekly training run mileage from 50-60 miles a week to 10 miles a week, in order to fatten up the glycogen stores in the body) can be particularly crabby and type-A about travel and lodging arrangements.

Good call ...finally.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:39 PM

16. Bridges would have been closed most of the day

What was he thinking? Glad he stopped this race....maybe all the runners will help out while there.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:39 PM

17. The right thing. Glad they did it.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:40 PM

18. Easy call

that Bloomberg screwed up. At least he got the endorsement thing right.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:53 PM

20. What was Bloomberg thinking to allow this to go on. He did so well and crashed

and burned on this one. Where the hell were those Marathoners going to stay on Staten Island when so many are without power that the destitute who could scrape some dollars up probably were already in the hotels that functioned on the island (if any still do).

It was a horrible move on his part ...made him seem like like a Faker!

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:53 PM

21. 12,000 animal's lives are hanging in the balance at the NY Aquarium

Resources need to be deployed first where they will save lives -- including dependent animals lives.

At least 2 groups of runners were planning to leave the marathon to deliver supplies on Staten Island. Good on them!

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 05:55 PM

23. The appropriate course of action

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 06:01 PM

25. The right call, but it should have made Wednesday...

at the latest. Many runners travel to NY on the Thursday or Friday before the race.

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #25)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 06:11 PM

26. Agreed. Now they will still be competing with flood victims for hotel rooms

But at least bridges and roads won't be closed and generators and bottled water can go where they belong.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 06:12 PM

27. Jeeez. Lots of runners were travelling to NYC today. Is this late announcement

just a cynical ploy to get them in the city for a night?

Lot's of people bought plane tickets etc. and were wondering what was going to happen. Now that they are in the city they have no choice but to stay for at a night.

I think cancelling was the right thing - but wtf - why did they wait so long to make the decision. It was a no brainer as far I can see.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 06:18 PM

28. Maybe the runners,et all, can just leave the money they would have spent. Donate it to

the relief effort...

http://www.redcross.org/

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 06:27 PM

29. Crazy that it wasn't immediately cancelled -

now folks are out airfare.

As a fellow (former) runner/marathoner I can imagine the disappointment, but to add costs on it too is going to make folks really angry. Not your best work Bloomberg.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 06:33 PM

30. I'm relieved... as a runner I was worried that people would blame running

Now they'll blame the politicians. Wish they had canceled earlier as many runners will already be in transit.

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Response to jimlup (Reply #30)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 08:20 PM

38. One of my training partners was set to run in the 2:25 to 2:30 range...

 

This was announced about 3 hours after his flight left. Totally the right decision, but a bummer for all the folks who trained for half a year and dropped a G or more on the trip. Obviously nothing compared to the suffering of so many New Yorkers... just wish they would have bagged the race immediately.

Knowing my bud he'll spend the weekend doing whatever releif work he can find. But shoot, he was going to run reeeeally fast!

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 06:39 PM

31. a wise decision...

Bloomberg probably was thinking it would be good for NY to feel resilient and unstoppable as a buck up kind of action. In this case, that was NOT what was needed. It's too serious just to do the "NY is above this" kind of thing. There are serious needs.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 06:43 PM

32. FINALLY-! did someone knock some sense into him?

 

NOw they need to get those generators out of the park and deployed to areas that are truly in need!.........they have the capacity to power up to 400 houses each, and there were 3 of them just sitting there?.....................for shame Bloomberg...............No excuse on that one!

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 07:10 PM

33. I originally thought it was OK for the show to go on

I was wrong - I did not think about the logistics of sheltering those folk in places that are sheltering hurricane victims, or the security that would need to be diverted.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #33)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 08:21 PM

39. same here

 

At first I thought, good, they will still have the race. Then I thought, wait, how the hell will they do that and at what cost?

It's the right decision, just made a couple days too late.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 07:49 PM

35. Finally. eom

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 09:44 PM

40. Good move

It was becoming a lightning rod, and rightly so.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 09:54 PM

41. Good

 

Now the resources needed for the marathon can be directed towards the people who need it right now. I'm sure the President had a few things to have to do with it. Thanks so much!!

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 11:14 PM

42. Kick! n/t

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 10:54 AM

44. I'm wondering if they should move/cancel the football game as well.

Although I guess there aren't as many police/EMT involved there, and most people drive in for the game then leave. And it's not like they're all running through the streets.

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