(Closed) NYC marathon still being held, despite destruction from Hurricane Sandy

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it’s ok to hold the marathon as long as police/firefighters aren’t being diverted away from the storm clean-up. Which I’m sure they will be. So I suppose it’s not a great idea to hold the marathon right now. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

You answered your own question.  “I understand that there is an entire year’s worth of planning for each race, and that the race brings in a ton of money from tourism and raises a ton of money for Charity.”  It takes forever to plan, and it brings in a lot of money for tourism.  It’s also a way for New York to say, “We’re still here!”  Postponing or cancelling it would have been a mistake.  It’s like cancelling trick or treating…WHAT???  Let the kids go get some candy!!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@peachacid:  +1. I feel the same way, but you said it better. I think holding the marathon is a good way for the city to move forward.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Its a total crock of sh*t. Literally my Fiance has been on 12 hours on 8 hours off with the PD. Now he has to work this race? What about his family picking up their pieces?? Its selfish, waste of man power and supplies. I mean they are still recovering bodies out here! I am disgusted! And if the racers don’t understand, they are a bunch of selfish @$$holes!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@peachacid:  and @VAwife:  I agree with you guys.  The race will bring so much money into the city and it is a great way for NYC to show that they are on the road to recovery and moving forward together.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@peachacid:  I totally agree. Training for a marathon takes at least 5 months, sometimes up to a year. It isn’t like a basketball game that can be rescheduled a couple of weeks. If it gets postponned, it risks injury to the athletes and huge financial losses to them (travel, time off work, and the like). It also really hurt the NYC economy and small businesses who depend on the athletes. I am running a half marathon in 2 1/2 weeks– if they postponed it, I would not be able to make it and the city would lose my hotel fare, my parking fare, all of the meals, and souvineers. 

We had the Marine Corps Marathon last weekend when we knew Sandy was blowing into DC. We knew athletes would be stranded. We knew some could get caught in the rain and wind. But we wouldn’t want to cancel something so big unless it is truely not safe. If NYC can host the marathon safely, they should.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Pollywog:  The more I think about it, the less I think they CAN handle it safely. The safety of those affected by the hurricane AND the safety of the runners will be compromised if emergency personnel are stretched thin.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

So you think that people spending 5 months to a year training for a marathon is more important than keeping the city safe for those who live there and don’t have basic needs like food or water or dry clothes? Who cares ab disappointing runners when people are homeless or dead? Also the giant generators in the park are a huge slap in the face to people stuck on the 30th floor of their building bc they don’t have electricity to power their elevators. Several NYC hotels are not honoring marathon runners hotel reservations bc to do so they would need to kick out homeless people. They can postpone or cancel. It’s not that important.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Pollywog:  “It also really hurt the NYC economy and small businesses who depend on the athletes.”

Exactly.  The last thing NYC needs to be doing right now is discouraging people from coming to the city and spending their money there.  The businesses in NYC have already been hurt by the storm and if people are discouraged from coming to NYC and spending their money at these businesses, it will do nothing but continue to hurt them more.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Ballet513:  I did not mean that all– I simply meant that if the parts of the city the marthon were held in were safe to run in and the mayor did not expect it to take an unnecessary strain off of the existing rescue efforts, they should continue. If it is not safe to host, then they should cancel. But it isn’t as simple as postponing. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@Ballet513:  I agree with you.

People whining because they had to train for a marathon compared to people who are homeless/looking for loved ones/grieving and need all the help they can get…hmm…priorities?

I agree that there’s a point to pick up, move on and get life back to normal, but literally only days later?  Things haven’t exactly gotten to the rebuilding phase yet.  They’re just trying to live and adjust to what just happened.  From what it sounds like, the use of EMTs, policemen, fireman, etc are being stretched to the max.  To not only take them away from the work that is important, but also take them away from putting their own lives back together, and put them on detail for a marthon?  Just seems wrong. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@mrstilly:  I actually have mixed feelings about this. I was watching something on the news the other day discussing just this thing. ABout the fact of the tragedy that had happened but all the work that has been put into it. 

Its a tough one, but my heart keeps saying that there are people that have lost their lives, and perhaps it is too soon. I agree with the idea of postponing it for a while but I can see how that would be an issue as well.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I can see both sides to the story.  On the one hand, it’s going to be bringing in much needed money to the economy, which will (hopefully) help in cleaning/rebuilding efforts. 

On the other hand, I can totally see how it’s a slap in the face to anyone affected by the disaster, those who are still without power, those who were injured/killed, etc. 

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