Friday, November 2, 2012

I know!

Yes, the ING NYC marathon has been cancelled. Thanks for all the comments, emails, texts, phone calls, etc.

I only have a minute but in a nutshell - I think canceling was the right decision although I also think the way this has been handled is terrible. The decision should have been made days ago, not 36 hours before runners were supposed to start boarding buses on race morning. There is a lot of upset towards the runners and from the runners and all of the nastiness isn't helping anyone.

My thoughts and prayers are with all who have suffered loss in this devastating storm. I love this city and its people.

11 comments:

coach dion said...

Have also just heard, and I think NY has just made a bad name for themselves...

Kelly said...

Canceling was the right thing but I agree it should have been done earlier. Sorry you don't get to race this weekend...boo!

lindsay said...

I agree. Understand cancellation but NOT on Friday night! Feels like Bloomberg played it to get as many people in town as possible to spend their money... Hope NYRR does the runners right too with whatever decision they make regarding this year's $ / next year. Enjoy your weekend with Josh!

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

I agree it should have been done earlier but it needed to not be on. @ Coach Dion..Unfortunately, some leaders are wrong and you can't allows follow what they say. You have to go with your gut. IT gives BLOOMBERG a bad name not all NEW YORKERS. It's hard for those that weren't here to truly understand the devastation. They trusted his word. Which should have been good enough...that is where the problem lies. From here on in...we should all just count our blessings and move on.

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

allows=always

Beth @ Miles and Trials said...

I agree Erin. We are making the most of our trip now. I saw Meb in Central Park on my run this morning. That made my trip worth it even if I didn't get to run the marathon.

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Bummer, but try to enjoy your trip anyway :) there is always next year!

Nick Craig said...

Read an interesting post on the cancellation of the marathon by NY running legend Toby Tanser:

So, I sit here with about 400-emails to answer. To runners who signed up to do this race, the majority who signed up not just to run, but to raise money for a purpose. Who then, when they heard, or saw firsthand Hurricane Sandy AGAIN donated. Runners; the changemakers. To the ones who saved up for years, like the A
borigines group with Rob De Castella - a once in a lifetime experience, how can we apologize? To the man whose dying daughter gave me an entry to this year's marathon who has raised thousands for cancer research. To runners in a whole who have raised a mind boggling 650-million for Cancer research...
Sunday will come and Sunday will go - as if it was a Saturday.

No resources are being shifted that aren't needed-- who knows better than Bloomberg, you or I? The Red Cross are saying "We don't need more volunteers, we need money," and that is what the runners were doing. Who was listening to the Red Cross?

Raising Dollars -- in the first day near to $3-million before the fanfare started... All these people who are shouting, "We're going on a clean up on Sunday instead on running" - where were you on the day of the hurricane, or the day after... Why do you have to wait to Sunday for a Clean up?
We, as a city, voted Mayor Bloomberg to make the executive decisions; he spoke with the police, the fireman, all the city agencies who repeatedly said, "This will be good for NYC."

I can not tell you how many Firemen I met at the expo who were looking forward to this race, who were excited for this race... Anyway, many problems are deeper lying than the obvious... but as a Board Member of the NYRR I know I have to apologize to each and everyone of these runners. I hear all your stories and I feel pain. Am truly sorry. Every story I hear makes me feel terrible, and I know the pains, trials and tribulations you took to arrive to get to this day. What a sad resolution

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really gives a different point of view on things.

For some of the folks who are interested in helping, also found this helpful map of volunteer stations in NYC:

NYC volunteer stations

Jill said...

I felt so bad for all the people who made the trek and then didn't get to run....agreed, decision should have been made much earlier...but on the race's behalf - they were trying hard to make it work but just realized too late that they couldn't.

Amanda (Run to the finish) had an amazing post up about it. I guess several thousand runners got together and ran around Central Park...it was truly moving.

Hope you have a blast with the rest of your time in NY with your husband! :)

xo

Mark Matthews said...

I blogged my heart out, but still feel very odd. I'm sure for you, it being your hometown, you have a myriad of feelings and thoughts as well. (and I looked for you at central park.)

Mark Matthews said...

Thanks for the comments on my "wreck it ralph" post. And yes, do see the movie. And in case it wasn't clear, you are the 'referred' to future olympics trial marathoner. No pressure, just confidence.