At time of writing it is still expected that the iconic New York Marathon will go ahead Sunday November 4, 2012. It is hard to know whether to applaud this determination or be amazed and ridicule it.
The marathon could be just what the city needs. It will show some normality and a great deal of guts if the authorities and runners can pull it off. With fuel shortages in some parts of the USA getting there could be a problem. Add to that bad, cold weather, remaining flood waters, power outages and it is difficult to see just how the Marathon will pan out.
Marathon courses though can be changed to account for ongoing problems but whether the race is truly practical is unclear. It may in its own way send out a signal that New York is open for business. It could be a slap in the face for those hurting in America.
50,000 men and women have been training in 2012 with participating in the New York marathon being their goal. For these runners the news that the race will go ahead is good news. this year it will be the 43rd Marathon, if it goes ahead. Postponement may not be an option as Winter rapidly approaches.
The arguments for holding the 2012 marathon include:
Power shortages are set to hit people in the New York area for quite a few more days. Added to that a winter storm is building which could hit the North East of the USA next week. Temperatures are expected to plummet this weekend in New York.
The race is now being billed as a Race to Recover, for 2012.
At almost the 11th hour the marathon has been cancelled. Late Friday it was announced that this year's race would not be run. Good sense has prevailed. Runners who are already in New York have expressed disappointment but they should understand the loss many New Yorkers are feeling. In the end it was felt that the marathon would be an insensitive race this year. Whilst some such as the people of Staten Island are suffering all resources available should be used there. Money spent on the 2012 New York marathon would not be money well spent this year. There is always another year. Not for those who lost their lives in last week's storm though. RIP