I'm not from there, nor know anything personally about it, just what I see on the news coverage. It seems to me that there are still many people in NYC who have not received help. It just seems like the people need the services that are being used on the race.
I cannot understand why anybody would want to go to NYC right now... let alone to run a marathon? I understand that there is a lot of money involved, and that money always talks, but I think it is quite inappropriate to let "life go on" when nothing is normal yet... and taking LE from areas that need LE to cater to runners... wrong time, wrong place. I am curious really to see how many people will actually show up!
It is sad... let the fundraiser happen at a later date...
I feel that running the marathon is a fool's agenda. I just think it’s stupid to flood a severely weakened infrastructure with tens of thousands of people. It’s like filling a dilapidated building full of people and expecting it not to collapse… Transportation is at a crawl because there is limited supplies of gas. Public transportation is still affected. Some streets are still washed out… But, let’s bring 25,000 runners and spectators who need to eat, drink, pee, poop, sleep, commute and be entertained when we aren't fully capable of caring for our own residents yet. Phenomenal idea!!!
I can kind of understand that they want to show the world that New York can handle anything, but I think it's a mistake. I think the message, instead, is going to be one of a government not caring or understanding what its own people need and want. Get the city back on its feet, then, as I heard one official say, throw the marathon to end all marathons, the kind of spectacle that NYC does so well.
postponed. the organizers are saying that they had hoped to raise $34M, but i doubt they would as i'm sure a lot of competitors won't be coming. and as someone pointed out on another message board, why would NYC want an additional 45,000 people in town to "get in the way?!"
Also heard that if runners would have needed ambulances, there was NO way they could have reached them. No infrastructure, no lights, no water (hot or cold)... of course, it had to be cancelled. And if anyone is really complaining, shame on them!
Glad it was cancelled. It was so weird in midtown Manhattan (finally flew out of there today!), seeing both affected and unaffected areas within a few blocks of each other, not to mention the devastation in other areas. Running it would've been both stupid and unwise on so many fronts.