Organizers canceled the event as New York City continues to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to the New York Times. Many runners, residents and politicians felt that it was in poor taste to run through five storm-damaged boroughs.
The marathon has taken place every year since 1970, according to the New York Times.
Mayor Bloomberg said as recently as early Friday that the race would go on as scheduled Saturday morning, according to the Wall Street Journal. However, many worried that the race would get in the way of the recovery effort.
The hurricane killed 41 people in New York City alone, according to the Wall Street Journal.