UPDATE: The Marathon has been canceled or postponed. Who knows. This was probably the right decision. The level of vitriol that was being heaped on NYRR and the running community was extreme. Now let’s see if the New York Post will try to get the Giants game canceled.
I am rethinking the post below about this year’s New York Marathon. I continue to maintain that this is not a zero sum game where if the Marathon is canceled there will be more resources for those effected by the storm. I don’t think it works that way. And I do think this city could use the money, and the excitement of the race.
That said, I’m sharing my opinions on the race from my coach, with the power on and the internet humming. It has become clear in the last twenty-four hours the race is deeply unpopular with many in the communities hardest hit by the storm. I can’t ignore that, even if I disagree. Perhaps I and New York Road Runners have been too quick to try to get life back to normal. Perhaps rescheduling would have been a better option. I’m not sure.
But the race is now in two days. It will go forward and thousands of runners who trained hard for months will be running. I will be out there cheering them. I hope other New Yorkers are as well.