First Hurricane Sandy, then a bunch of people in Spandex, blowing into town.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg cancelled the New York City Marathon, late Friday, amid mounting criticism that he was insensitive to people who are still counting the bodies and digesting the damage from Hurricane Sandy.
My hotel is filled with runners who came here from all over the world to run this race. Nice job stringing them along, Mayor.
It was a difficult call, I suppose.
On one hand, resources – including power generators and police officers – were being diverted for the race.
On the other, the race generates about $340 million in the city. And it would also raise money for the relief efforts here.
The course runs through all five boroughs, beginning with the absolutely devastated Staten Island and ending in Manhattan’s relatively unscathed Central Park.
Some runners had already dropped out of the race out of respect for hurricane victims. Others seemed completely oblivious to the damage.
It’s the tale of two cities.
For anyone staying anywhere above 40th street in Manhattan, it’s like the hurricane didn’t even happen. Below 40th, the power is out and the streets are eerie, and some parts of New York are still underwater.
What do you think? Should Mayor Bloomberg have cancelled, or should he have let the race roll on?