Despite the fact the marathon was not diverting public resources or hampering the recovery, the fact that it was just felt as inappropriate by much of the media and public has finally won out.
Earlier today the NYRR and Mayor Bloomberg issued the following statement:
The City of New York and New York Road Runners announce that the 2012 ING NYC Marathon has been canceled.While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division. We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to help New York City recover from the storm.
The sentiment appears to be justified with a number of runners on social media claiming that they felt worried that runners could be targeted but pleasingly most entrants have taken the news in their stride. There is acknowledgement of why the decision had to be made and most entrants now are choosing between staying in New York and volunteering to help with recovery work, or boarding planes and finding alternative races to enter – the Indianapolis Marathon being the most likely. Some of the commentary from Twitter can be found below; don’t forget to follow us @Mintervals