Officials Won’t Cancel NYC Marathon

    Runners make their way through Queens during the 2011 ING New York City Marathon in New York November 6, 2011.  The 26.2 mile marathon course is through the five bouroughs of New York  City and is one of the largest in the world. AFP PHOTO  TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)


    The race will go on, and not everyone is happy about it. Mary Wittenburg, chief executive of race organizer New York Road Runners, defended the group’s decision not to cancel the five-borough race, scheduled to take place Sunday, despite the city-wide devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. “This isn’t about running, this is about helping the city,” she said. “We’re dedicating the race to the lives that were lost and helping the city recover.” Mayor Bloomberg, who sees the race as opportunity to reignite economic activity in the city and raise money for relief charities, supports the decision: “The city is a city where we have to go on.”

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