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Friday, November 2, 2012

Bloomberg Finally Cancels The Marathon

Since not one politician in the state was backing him on the NYC Marathon, it was inevitable that even the stubborn Bloomberg was going to have cancel or postpone his race.

And that is just what has happened:

After days of intensifying pressure from runners, politicians and the general public to cancel the New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, city officials and the event’s organizers decided Friday afternoon that the race would not be held Sunday, according to a person familiar with the decision. 

Such a move would be historic — the marathon has been held every year since 1970, including the race in 2001 held two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks — but seemed inevitable as opposition to the marathon swelled. Critics said that it was in poor taste to hold a foot race through the five boroughs while so many people in the area are still suffering from the storm’s damages, and that city services should focus on storm relief, not the marathon. Proponents of the marathon — notably Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Mary Wittenberg, director of the marathon — said the race would provide a needed morale boost, as well as an economic one. 

Among the many details that remain unclear are whether race would be postponed or canceled entirely and how popular the plan would be among the field of nearly 50,000 runners who were expected to compete in Sunday’s marathon, thousands of whom traveled to New York from other countries. 

Mayor Bloomberg and Wittenberg, who is chief executive of New York Road Runners, the organization that operates the marathon, repeatedly stood behind the plan, insisting it was best for the city. But many runners joined a chorus of politicians and area residents this week in speaking out against the plan to stage the marathon despite the widespread damage wrought by the storm Monday night.

Cancel it and use the resources given over to it for recovery efforts.

There are still an awful lot of people suffering from the storm - the city needs to help them.

We have another storm coming Tuesday/Wednesday - the city needs to be ready for that.

Bloomberg is a stubborn, insane man, but even he had to know the race had to be canceled - nobody was backing him on this other than the NY Road Runner woman.

Not exactly a tenable political position, even for a billionaire mayor who doesn't much give a damn about people.

7 comments:

  1. I thought he was more stubborn. It would have been better for everyone if he hadn't cancelled
    the race and drowned politically in his own raw sewage. Headline: Le Grande Emperor has met his Waterloo!

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    1. Some damage is already done to his reputation. There wasn't any way he was going to hold on past today. You could see the cancellation coming. Literally the only supporters of having the marathon were Bloomberg and the Road Runners exec. He was exposed and isolated - he had to back down.

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  2. There's an old saying. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter heaven.

    Unless Bloombucks makes a Faustian deal because he feels that he can buy anything. Burn baby, Burn!

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    1. He certainly has gotten a pass here on earth, hasn't he...

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  3. Although my main concern is for the people of NYC who are suffering, I will have to say that Bloomberg was also unfair to the runners. As one runner said, he should have called it off on Wednesday, rather than Friday, after the runners had already traveled to NY. Bloomberg's hubris caused this situation. Bloomberg thinks he is God--wonder if the Big Guy is going to remind him that he isn't someday.

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    1. I agree - he should have called this off on Monday night or early Tuesday morning. It was unfair to the runners who tried to get here in time for the race he said was going to happen come hell or high flood waters.

      I hope the Big Guy does remind this arrogant little man that he isn't God. Bloomberg needs a wake up, but so far, here on earth, his money seems to shield him from any accountability.

      But things are bad now in the outer boroughs - Katrina bad - he's got to get that fixed quick or he's going to be the next Ray Nagin.

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