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Brooklyn Residents Pleased with Cancellation of Marathon

November 5, 2012

Brooklyn Residents Express Satisfaction that NYC Marathon Cancelled

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which left littered branches in the streets of Brooklyn replacing bustling farmer’s markets and the prestigious Brooklyn Tech High School, usually home to New York’s best and brightest students, now a shelter for Sandy’s victims, it seemed to most that continuing with the NYC Marathon as planned as being insensitive, to say the least.

As one resident of Staten Island, the borough hit the hardest by Sandy said, “We’re freezing our asses off with no power, no nothing,” one Staten Islander said on a CNN broadcast. “I’m sorry; [Mayor Michael Bloomberg] is delusional.”

When the CEO and President of the New York Road Runners Mary Wittenberg announced with Mayor Bloomberg that they changed their minds and the marathon will be cancelled, New Yorkers were satisfied.

“I understand the marathon being held for financial reasons, but I think they finally realized just how f—ed up it is to host a race when people don’t have basic necessities to live,” said Anne Lieberman, who lives blocks from the marathon route in Fort Greene. “I mean, this stuff out here looks post-Katrina-like.”

Clinton Hill resident Emily Du Tuit has lived near the route of the race for eleven years. In her opinion it would have been in “bad taste” to hold the marathon in the face of the suffering so many New Yorkers were experiencing. Kicking flood victims out of hotels to make room for runners so they could rest before the race; using volunteer manpower for the race instead of for helping victims; blocking roads with masses of runners and blocking access to emergency vehicles trying to help victims; and the festive nature of the race, was just too much for most New Yorkers to handle.

As one commentator put it:

“No matter how much money it might cost the city, Mayor Bloomberg and Wittenberg’s decision to cancel the marathon was the right one, and it gives my much-loved city a chance to heal. We will rebuild; we will come back stronger and better, and will once again be the same gracious hosts of the marathon we have been for the past four decades.”

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