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Published:November 1st, 2012 16:31 EST

In the Wake of Hurricane Sandy New York Marathon Still on Schedule

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that The New York Marathon will still take place on Sunday, November 4 despite the damages, millions without power, paralyzed public transportation and loss of life that Hurricane Sandy left behind. 

According to ING New York City Marathon website, "This year`s marathon is dedicated to the City of New York, the victims of the hurricane, and their families. We`re adjusting Marathon Day plans as a result of the storm`s impact on our operations and resources. At every turn, we will be working to ensure that our planning doesn`t affect any recovery efforts."

The ING New York City Marathon draws more than 100,000 applicants annually and is one of the world`s largest road races in the world.  With travel disruptions and flooded streets, will there be as many people this year?  What kind of message does this send to New York residents affected by the devastation? 

"People have asked about the marathon. There`s tens of thousands of people who`ve come from around the world here to run. We`ve decided the marathon will go on," Mayor Bloomberg said in a press conference.

Bloomberg stressed the importance of the event to the local economy as well as preparation put in by  the marathon runners, organizers, sponsors, vendors and others involved in the event but what about the NY residents still without power, food and assistance?

How do you feel about this decision?  Please send your thoughts and comments to judy@thesop.org.