New York City marathon canceled after Sandy, public outcry - KMSP-TV

New York City marathon canceled after Sandy, public outcry

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Thousands of runners already made the trek to New York City by the time mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled Sunday' race.

For many, this late decision came a day too late.

Staten Island, where the race was set to kickoff, is still flooded and storm victims are still waiting for power in several other areas.

Many New Yorkers didn't want officers or resources being used to run the New York City Marathon when they could be used elsewhere.

With so many people in desperate need, the mayor faced mounting criticism.

Late Friday, Bloomberg canceled the race, saying he "didn't want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants."

Fox 9 spoke with one runner who just flew from the Twin Cities to New York Friday morning.

"If I wasn't already here, I wouldn't be upset," said KJ Greenwood. "I'm upset because so many people made the trip. It was the right decision to cancel it."

This is the first time in race history the New York City Marathon has been canceled.

Runners won't be refunded any registration fees and are also stuck paying for hotel and airfare.

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