The New York City Marathon: Still On!

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In case you haven’t heard yet, this happened today:

Whether New York City and NYRR should have continued with the event has actually become quite the hot issue today. Just read the comments here. And here.

The overwhelming concern is that it would be “too much, too soon.” Insensitive to those who have lost their homes or are yet without power. Draining much-needed resources — police, firefighters, medics — who would need to be reassigned to monitor road closures rather than help with recovery efforts.

NYRR, on the other hand, have said they will lean more heavily on private contractors for logistical support. I hope they do. It’s true that the NYPD is critical to the success of the event, and likely their efforts will still be needed elsewhere in recovery efforts. Perhaps NYRR can fill in any gaps with private contractors? Volunteers?

May I suggest, too, that NYRR direct all profit generated by New York City Marathon registration fees to recovery efforts? Not portions of it, but all. Specifically for recovery efforts. Right now.

All sponsors: ditto. ING, ASICS, Gatorade, Poland Spring Water, etc. Send your volunteers. Make your donations. We know this is a huge marketing deal for all of you. What better way to promote your brand than help the city recover when most needed?

One Facebook comment has been stuck in my mind all day: the New York Marathon should be canceled, because “it’s just a road race.”

No. It never was and never will be “just” a road race. The New York City Marathon is the one annual event covering all five boroughs, where New Yorkers and visitors from around the world alike celebrate health, strength, endurance, perseverance.

Isn’t this exactly what New York City needs right now?

Today’s run:

HusbandRuns came along today, or rather, darted out the door like he was chased by zombies. Make that an angry dog. Yes, I know it’s Halloween, but you should’ve seen me trying to keep up, tongue hanging out.

Got into the groove not a mile in, though (have I said how I love my new Newtons ? I felt like I was flying). So this happened:

Find the eight differences:

And now, off to run around the neighborhood again, but this time we’re maintaining a slower pace and coming back with candy!

More photos tomorrow.

Trick or treat!
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One thought on “The New York City Marathon: Still On!

  • October 31, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I am not sure what the right thing to do is in this case! What is morally or politically correct to do? There are very good points made by both sides, but I agree that all of the proceeds should go to the relief efforts and all participants should be allowed to participate next year.


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