New York's Mayor Bloomberg has been interviewed and felt as though the Marathon, held every year since 1970 should still be held this Sunday, November 14,2012. He claims the revenue for the city in distress, needs the funds. The statements from the Mayor and the director of the marathon seemed to voice the same sentiments with these words. "The Marathon has been an integral part of New York City's life for 30 years and is an event ten of thousands of New Yorkers participate in and millions more watch." The question is should the city entertain a sports event while millions are hurting from Sandy?
Many hotel rooms will be given to visiting marathon runners and observers that will easily displace the suffering New Yorkers who badly need and should be given first preference due to the devastation of Sandy. It is not about money! It should be about people in business, helping where they can. Just knowing some people are deprived of just the minimum comforts of living, should be sufficient to postpone the Marathon. Restaurants and other merchants have a real opportunity to show their true care for Sandy's victims. Marathon runners and viewers can put themselves in the shoes of these millions of people who have been without simple necessities for days and offer their energy to help too.
Amy Hastings is in reality. The New York Times online states she puts her trust in Mary and the New York Runners. Some of her words were: "I can't believe it, it's a sad thing..." Amy Hastings is an elite runner who was planning on a Marathon debut. Amy stated ?There is always another race." Other runners might have been approached, but were not published in the New York Times online article.
Mary Wittenberg is the director of the 2012 Marathon in New York City on Sunday, November 14,2012. With officials and input from organizers, the New York City Marathon determined to cancel the race. In spite of Mary's and Michael Bloomberg's idea that the Marathon would provide a boost in morale and also bring revenue into the hurting city of New York, has been criticized and mentioned it would be in poor taste to carry on as usual when storm relief should be paramount.
Mary Wittenberg knows that nearly 50,000 runners have signed up to participate in the New York City Marathon. With this information no decision was publicized prior to the afternoon of Friday November 12,2012 so the runners, coming from other countries, could realize their race was not going to take place due to Sandy's storm devastation. Several of the runners, politicians and New York residents pointed out against holding the Marathon as usual. This public outcry has finally sunk into the powers that be to cancel the race.
I was also happy to hear that the race was cancelled. After seeing all those generators on the news and thinking about all those that could really use them right now, just really made me sick. Great job on this list.
It is wonderful that this event was cancelled. This means that they can take the generators and help those in need of electricity and concentrate on the hungry and helpless. Great information.
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