questionsdo you think the nyc marathon should go on?


You have got to be mistaken.
No one but a foolish idiot would redirect police presence while there is large scale looting going on, require emergency personnel who are still needed for rescues, use generators for pretty lights & heat, and employ food trucks to feed spectators while there are hundreds of ill-prepared people who did not understand the magnitude of the oncoming storm, or chose not to prepare themselves, standing in line for basic necessities, all for the amusement of some self absorbed individuals who want to run through some city streets rather than bend at the waist to help restore the city.
You HAVE to be mistaken.

Sometimes one just HAS to cancel the celebration because there really ARE more important things in life. Talk about misplaced priorities.

This storm should serve as a clarion call to the rest of the country to keep a small reserve of supplies on hand at all times for emergencies.


They should make it a triathalon.
Same course.

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Unfortunately, the OP isn't mistaken. I think it's nuts - it should be cancelled or postponed. There's no way to ensure it doesn't harm the recovery efforts.

I'm annoyed enough my parents won't reschedule my littlest's birthday trip to NYC set for this weekend, but that's just a couple people extra (and my brother has power, so they aren't using up a hotel room).

From :
2012 Marathon Update
Following Wednesday's announcement by Mayor Bloomberg, the ING New York City Marathon will proceed on Sunday, November 4. This year's marathon is dedicated to the City of New York, the victims of the hurricane, and their families. We're adjusting Marathon Day plans as a result of the storm's impact on our operations and resources. At every turn, we will be working to ensure that our planning doesn't affect any recovery efforts.


@lavikinga: I kind of disagree that plans/events should change to so that authorities can spend time/resources of those who ignored warnings. Helping the people who couldn't help themselves is one thing... Helping those who had the means but refuse to do the responsible thing is another.

The marathon supposedly has altered their plans so they do not negatively impact the recovery.

If you want to be disgusted by something, why not show anger at the fact that non-union utility work crews that were turned away from helping because they refused to affiliate with a union...


@dubdubdub: I am more concerned with the erupting lawlessness that is beginning to take place.
As someone who grew up on the Gulf Coast and now resides on Florida's Atlantic coast, it's very hard not say "part of this your own fault," those who chose not to be prepared after repeated & multiple warnings from state & local agencies.
Of course, not everyone had the funds to have an emergency kit, a stocked pantry, or to fuel their vehicles prior to the storm, & my anger is certainly not directed towards them, nor to those who have returned to their homes to find them uninhabitable, or worse, completely gone.
My irritation is at those, who like the idle grasshopper while the ants were busy preparing for the coming winter, now whine in the cold because they are forced to queue for foodstuffs & supplies not purchased in advance. After seeing Katrina's Southern destruction, what were they thinking? They HAD to know of the potential aftermath in the wake of a hurricane.


The turning away of non-union workers in the face of an overwhelming clean up just sickens me.


@dubdubdub: I completely agree that the turning away of utility workers is disgusting.

However, there are some very well-prepared people who are still hosed right now. Homes have collapsed and flooded, ruining supplies. There's not enough gas for generators, supplies people stocked up on are used up, and people are getting cold without heat. I have family and friends who are still without power and water, and there aren't stores open in their area. The gas lines are 3 hours long.

Sandy survivors are being kicked out of hotels so the Marathoners can come. They are giving away water bottles to marathoners when New Yorkers don't have water. I think it's a disgrace to the city.

And that doesn't even take into account the problems @lavikinga mentions with lawlessness. Diverting first responders to the marathon (and they are doing that despite what is said) is inappropriate.


I can understand both sides to this.
I think some people really like to see some normalcy -- this (the marathon) provides that. It helps them cope with the fact that not ALL is bad in the world...that we STILL have some normalcy...
I think it's perfectly fine for it to go on as long as emergency services aren't devoted to the race when they should be doing other things, but it sounds like that part was covered.


Oddly, I find myself seeing both sides as well.

On the one hand - devastation and destruction. People need to focus energy on the more urgent matters right now.

On the other hand - I can imagine that planning for the marathon isn't exactly like having a birthday BBQ bash in your backyard. It's way more involved and many groups have their hands in it. And there's a significant portion of participants who are traveling a distance (many internationally).

In the ideal world, it'd be nice to have the event, as there are people who have made the effort to get to NYC and who will be injecting income into the local economy. BUT, it'd be better if it was scaled down so that it doesn't drain resources from other needier locations. Of course, that would just annoy everyone: the people who want to run a marathon and can't and those who can't even get power.


I was going to vote for cancellation, but it appears like that has been done already.