I’m sure by now you’ve heard the news:
I can see both sides of the issue. As New Yorker, I understand why everyone is appalled at the very idea of hosting a major event like this when some areas look like third-world countries. While NYRR was working with general contractors to not take up as much time of the NYPD, resources that would be used on marathon day can be put to better use to help those in needs.
As a runner, I completely understand the frustration that it’s caused in our community. Meb said it best on his Facebook page:
While they made the right decision, it was already at the point where many people had traveled into NYC and were checking in at the Expo. Last night, one of the announcers at the Knicks game, who admitted that he is super cynical, said he thought that might have been the plan all along so they could still get the revenue/economic boost. I surely hope that’s not the case.
What’s next? Knowing NYRR, I would be shocked if they gave back registration fees, which I think they should. With the price increase this year to nearly $250, it’s the right thing to do. Since they aren’t going to do that, I hope that they do something noble… such as letting all runners know that their race fee is now a tax deductible donation in their name to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy recovery. NYRR most likely has insurance to protect themselves against a cancelation, and since they are planning on donating resources to the city and recovery efforts, what they have invested in the race will most likely be a write off. Interested to see what happens, especially if they allow most people to defer to next year.
With city parks finally open (for the most part), I was able to get my run in at Prospect Park. I did loops — 3 to be exact — around the park once again to run a total of 13-14 miles. Everyone is working SO hard to get the park cleaned up. I hit the area around 6:45 a.m. and the park was already filled with disaster recovery vehicles and workers.
I felt drained as I tackled the big hill three times and considering I have to run it 6 times during the marathon, I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. I didn’t fuel at all during the run and this time, eating a cookie before running was not a smart idea. I most definitely will not be doing that on race day!
It feels weird to already be in taper mode! I’m telling you, this is going to be one interesting marathon. 🙂
Oh, and tonight we are headed to the Nets season opener (it was supposed to be Thursday but got canceled). I was stalking their Facebook page and they posted a deal for $15 tickets! I’m so excited to be able to go to the first game of the season and basically ever for the franchise!
And lastly… the giveaway winner! Congrats to Nikki from Life After Swimming who won the Gu giveaway! Email me at bklynrunning (at) gmail.com and I’ll get your goodies out to you. Thanks to all who entered!
P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for our virtual race to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy recovery! Details here. Our goal is to have 100 runners participate!
What do you think about the decision to cancel the marathon? Do you think NYRR will refund registration costs?
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