Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My thoughts on the ING NY Marathon

My thoughts mean absolutely nothing.  I have never run NYC and probably never will. (I'm just not much of a road runner, and even less a fan of an event over a couple of thousand runners.)

This is Wednesday, Halloween, and "the show must go on" in NY..  It went on, after 9-11, so it shall now.

But 9-11 was SEPTEMBER 11, and the marathon was a full month later..more or less.  As of today, tunnels are flooded, subways are flooded.

People who live in  this area are without power, maybe food and water.  But you want to bring in 20,000 out of town runners, and give THEM food, power, shelter, water?  Really? 

I do understand that this is about $$$$$$$.  The runners have already committed.  They are not getting back their race fees; they probably won't get their flight money back, nor hotel rooms.  Okay, I do understand that IS a big investment for most runners.   But do you really want to take away resources from people who really need it?  To just run a foot race?

I do have big goal races myself.  Hardrock has been cancelled in the past for both snow and fire.  I would be unhappy myself if my spring race was cancelled,  one week out.  But if it meant, that first responder, that fireman, police officer, medical person, was going to help out with the present emergency that exists on the Jersey Shore,  I hope I would be okay with that.

As my friend Nick said, press "pause" for 2012, and return with a stellar 2013 ING NYC race.  It is no body's fault; not George W, not the Mayor, not the city, not the NYRR.  It was simply some unfortunate circumstances.  "Trying to reason with Hurricane Season"  an old Jimmy Buffett song.


  1. They are definitely taking a lot of flack over it. I'm guessing they wanted to get back to "normal" and show that New Yorkers bounce back fast. Maybe the money runners will bring to the city with food, hotel and shopping is a big economic consideration? I don't really have a strong opinion on this one.

  2. Hi, I should say that NYRR had a hard decision to make whether to proceed or cancel the race. The NYC Marathon is the hardest race in terms of registration. People, including a couple of my friends, waited over 3 years to finally be accepted by the lottery. All those years of waiting and preparation came to this one event and for many runners it was extremely difficult to let it go. NYRR later announced that it will allow all the runners to enter the race the following year but think of those traveling from Europe. The cost is very high for flights and hotels, especially if you travel with a family. We're talking about thousands of dollars spent on this one event. Many runners knew they won't be able to come back the next year. Their chance to run the rest was lost for many years maybe forever. I do agree with you that it was a bad time for the race and that the cancellation was the right choice. However, I do feel bad for all the runners and I understand why they wanted to come and still run the race despite the situation in the City.


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