While the city of New York is still reeling from flood waters, power outages, and a growing death count, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg repeated Thursday that the New York City Marathon will go on.
A major concern is that the race, which attracts nearly 50,000 runners each year, will take police and other public service workers away from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, reported the New York Times. Many runners and public officials have called for the race to be cancelled or postponed.
"How can a runner, in good conscience, run down the street throwing water all over the street," said Manhattan resident Steven Gold in an article from USA Today. "I'm not saying to cancel, just postpone." Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer also told The Today Show that "the prudent course' would be to postpone the race.
New York Road Runners, which puts on the race, said the race would be used to raise money for the struggling city, reported the New York Times. The organization plans to donate $1 million to relief efforts in the city.