Open Phones: NYC Marathon

Friday, November 02, 2012

After a hard week of cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy, New York City is still gearing up for the NYC marathon. What do you think about preparing for one of the biggest events in the city in post-Sandy conditions? Let us know in the comments section or call in to the show.

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Comments [37]

Carlina from NYC

Suggestion to Mayor Bloomberg:

1) Cancel the Marathon.

2) Combine forces w/ the RoadRunner Club -

3) Offer everyone who was to race in or cheer on the Marathon an opportunity to volunteer their services in the hardest hit areas of all 5 boroughs. (these runners are in GOOD SHAPE, after all!)

Nov. 02 2012 04:46 PM

With all tunnels out of commission, and with gasoline almost impossible to find, running a marathon that will close off bridges and roads that are actually in working order is dangerous and tasteless. But can't deprive the poor joggers their opportunity to tweet their "I finished the NY marathon" photos to all of their "friends."

Nov. 02 2012 12:41 PM
Capper from NYC

@Bernie from Bklyn... I don't have food, water or heat! But that will all come back in a day or so.
I'm thinking of others who don't have a house, clothes and a hard future ahead!!

You don't get it. Millions can do a lot of good.

Nov. 02 2012 12:23 PM
OutstandingWorldCitizen from BK

For those who feel the marathon should proceed...well you have right to your opinion. Postponing, rescheduling or G__ forbid cancelling it altogether would be the RIGHT thing to do. So many of us regular folks included are taking more and more of these sociopathic, revenue driven stances. Profits over people.

Better to ignore all of the OUTER boroughs (I deplore this term by the way) and focus all recovery efforts on Manhattan. This need to show our resiliency is shallow. Public transportaion is getting back on track which is one indication of things getting back to normal HOWEVER it should not be conflated with those who have no homes, running out of food, no gas etc.

Get back to normal QUICKLY. Take a Xanax so you can at least seem ok. :)

Nov. 02 2012 12:21 PM
Torkil Heggstad from Brooklyn

I understand the frustrations of people who are suffering from the devastating consequences of the hurricane. But remember that there are always people suffering through poverty and sickness and from the loss of lives when other people are enjoying themselves in concert halls and sports arenas nearby. Every year during the marathon there are homeless people and other poor people in New York dying and sleeping outside in the cold. The difference this time is that it is not just the poor suffering. If the city feels that it is safe to have the race, it should go on (but of course only if it is safe). This is a city of 8 million. We should be able to do more than one thing at a time and in fact we are. Lots of businesses are in operation all over the city doing things that have nothing to do with fixing up the areas suffering from horrendous devastation. It is tough, but life will and should go on. Whether you are for or against the marathon you should make a difference by volunteering before, during and after the marathon in the areas that need help. And if you can't volunteer now, make a point to volunteer in the coming months when people start forgetting that there are always people suffering. Let's honor the losses of lives and homes by treating each other better than we have in the past.

Nov. 02 2012 12:17 PM
Timothy Babcock from Manhattan

There is a Facebook Campaign being mounted called NYC Marathon of Relief 2012 (NYC MORE 2012) that is looking get the runners to voluntarily break from the race and deliver supplies to people along the route, and also seeking volunteers to supply food, water, and manpower to the effort. In facing the reality that the Marathon will in fact go forward, this seems to be a very viable option.

Nov. 02 2012 12:14 PM

all of u who have time to write on a chat board should run some water up 16 flights to help some old lady.

Nov. 02 2012 12:12 PM

Disgraceful, but expected, decision by the mayor of manhattan. We in the Bronx do not expect power back until nov 10. There are elderly and disabled people that are severely impacted. The greed involved in opening Wall St first and running the marathon shows this to be an uncaring government.

Nov. 02 2012 12:07 PM
Maureen from New Jersey

My sister has decided not to run the Marathon this year. She's a public school teacher in Brooklyn and many of her co-workers have lost their homes and cars, everything. After witnessing first-hand the destruction in Queens, she decided it wouldn't be right to have resources diverted to her and fellow runners.

I believe the mayor should have canceled the Marathon. He has always struck me as a very cold person, and this is another example of that coldness.

That said, I completely understand the decision, by my cousin (running for charity) and many others, to stay in the race. I just think Bloomberg should have made the decision to cancel it. Put all resources possible in Staten Island, Queens, and Brooklyn, where so many people have lost everything!!

Nov. 02 2012 12:05 PM
John from Manhattan

On the way to work this morning I saw crews trimming branches and filling potholes for the Marathon. As someone who endured 9/11 I understand the importance of getting back to normal. But this is about money first as the Mayor has stated over and over during his administration. I am now ambivilent about cheering for those who have trained so hard. I am not sure Fred Lebow would have objected to a postponement. I could see thousands of trained atheletes running flights of stairs to bring food and water to those who need it.

Unfortunately, the Marathon is about big business and sponorship not sportsmanship.

Nov. 02 2012 12:04 PM
tim from nyc

@Elsie - i agree with your stance, but not your words.
runners taking rooms in hotels should not be ashamed .. but it is an opportunity.
there is a need for volunteers and there is an army of people descending on nyc.

Nov. 02 2012 12:04 PM

Yes! Marathoners donate your entry fees and then your time to run anything necessary up those stairs where NewYorkers need water, food and other necessities!

Nov. 02 2012 12:01 PM
Margi from Brooklyn

I work with people with disabilities. There are people in all boroughs who are trying to get food and water. Sunday may be the first time people in downtown Manhattan will be able to get out of their buildings to try to find food and water or just get some air. People with disabilities and the frail elderly have been stuck in buildings without elevators or electricity, many in NYCHA buildings. Are these folks really going to have to dodge runners to get out and try to find necessities?

Maybe better to ask the road runner club to use their physical fitness to run food and water to people who haven't had any.

If the Mayor is worried about revenues, why not just postpone the Marathon till people in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan can get the basics.

Nov. 02 2012 11:59 AM
tim from nyc

it is *because* the world is watching that we should not hold the event.
whoever this caller is stating that we should make a statement,
the marathon is not the right statement to make.
the time and effort the runners have put into this pale in comparison to the time and effort needed to recover.

Nov. 02 2012 11:58 AM

Runners! Volunteer on Saturday. Donate to Relief. If you're interviewed on national TV ask the rest of America to contribute to City Meals on Wheels which delivers food to those in need.

Nov. 02 2012 11:56 AM
Rachel from Dallas, TX

$26.20 is the equivalent of what the marathon is in miles...sorta kinda, right?

Even with that paltry contribution, it seems like a tad bit insensitive to run the marathon this weekend when so many people are still in recovery mode.

Nov. 02 2012 11:56 AM
Chip Bolcik from Malverne

I'm visiting my old favorite city from California (on the worst possible week to visit). I think if ING donates money to the city in exchange for running the marathon, that's a good idea. But it's tough to be enthusiastic about the race when so many people are still suffering.

Nov. 02 2012 11:55 AM
The Truth from becky

Go ahead with the marathon but remember this, there will be people sleeping in the dark in under 40 degree weather tonight!!! Say a prayer for them. also is there a list of gas stations in Brooklyn/Queen with gas available?

Nov. 02 2012 11:55 AM
Deborah from Hell's Kitchen

Canceling the Marathon will solve none of the problems the City is experiencing. Doing so would be a big, empty gesture. If people want to help, they should donate to the Red Cross.

Nov. 02 2012 11:55 AM

Loved the idea of turning the marathon into a run-a-thon up the high rises in lower Manhattan to bring water and food up to people who are stuck in their apartments

Nov. 02 2012 11:55 AM
Elsie from Brooklyn

Honestly, any runner who comes here and takes a hotel room from a hurricane evacuee should be ashamed of themselves. It's a damn marathon - who cares? No one cares that people have spent a year preparing. It's a marathon. Put it in perspective, people. There is nothing necessary about marathons. And in this case, it's just embarrassing that anyone would even think of putting attention and resources on such an inconsequential event. Americans' obsession with putting on a "good show" over facing reality makes us look like callous, self-serving morons.

Nov. 02 2012 11:54 AM
Julie from Port Washington, NY

It seems odd that the mayor asked Obama not to visit because that would use up too many public resources but using public resources for the marathon is okay?

Nov. 02 2012 11:54 AM
Glork from Glen Ridge, NJ

Pride goeth before a fall.

This will haunt NYC for decades.

Nov. 02 2012 11:54 AM
tim from nyc

the football game is a very different thing.
the venue, resources, security are already built-in.
the big problem for the game would be attendance. who can get there?
if the football & basketball officials want to do something, make tickets free.
but holding the game is *not* in the same category as staging the marathon.

Nov. 02 2012 11:54 AM
bernie from bklyn

@capper- meybe you'd feel differently if you didn't have any food or water or heat. or if animals were trying to rob what's left of your home

Nov. 02 2012 11:53 AM
laurie from manhattan

being from New Orleans, just as the french quarter opened after Katrina, the marathon should go on after Sandy. It's on Sunday. the resources that people are talking about that will be used to operate the race aren't in need on Sunday. the NYRR cancelled the friday and saturday events. but the commaraderie that will bring everyone together will be seen and felt everywhere.

Nov. 02 2012 11:52 AM

If anyone can consider the following fact and still say the marathon should be run this weekend, I'll be completely befuddled:

They're still searching for bodies in the borough where the race is supposed to begin.

Nov. 02 2012 11:52 AM
tim from nyc

people left homeless in nyc cannot book a room because they are full for out-of-town runners.
**this is not the runners' fault, it's just how this worked out.**
this is just a small example of how local resources are being adversely affected.
if there is even the smallest contest for resources between a runner and a nyc resident,
there is one clear winner.

Nov. 02 2012 11:50 AM
Capper from NYC

Yes, the marathon should go on as planned. BUT, there should be an effort to make a special sandy collection for those in need. Also runners should be handed T-shirts to wear with a special phone # / email for donating.

Nov. 02 2012 11:50 AM

i know some people are suffering but the rest of us have to move on with our lives.

Nov. 02 2012 11:45 AM
Shaun R from Astoria

Diverting police, water, and infrastructure to run a foot race is in poor taste when so many are living (and some dying) without the same resources.

Sign the online petition to postpone the marathon, then email, Tweet, and share on Facebook.

Nov. 02 2012 11:36 AM
Howard from Brooklyn

What a Jerk. Classic case of Nero Fiddles, While Rome Burns. People do not have basics in Staten Island and he is running marathons. I assure you there will be violence in the streets if this is run, people will not be tolerant while their families suffer.

Nov. 02 2012 11:19 AM
Sam Clover from Morningside Heights, Manhattan

I'm a great supporter of the marathon--and each year have several friends who run to support various charities--but this year it should be POSTPONED.

Holding it sends a terrible message of callousness towards those who continue to suffer.

***Here's an idea: arm the 40,000 runners with water and food and have them hand-deliver these supplies to devastated neighborhoods and shut-ins. This will do a world of good AND help prevent blow-back from the delayed postponement.

Sam Clover

Nov. 02 2012 11:17 AM

I am an 8x marathoner, 4x in NYC. I more than understand the training and commitment involved for runners. But this race must be postponed or canceled. The start will be just steps from where they are still finding bodies. Police, fire, and sanitation shouldn't be diverted. My husband is NYPD, is telling me horror stories from the front lines of SI, and is scheduled to do a hurricane related shift on Saturday, even though it's his regular day off. It's naive to think they don't need cops on hurricane duty Sunday. Think of how much that will cost the city in overtime, given how much ot first responders are already working. Think of how many half full water cups will be discarded at each mile, while so many new yorkers have none. This race could be all about resilience if it were held 2 weeks from now, not mere days after a tragedy, when wounds are still bleeding. The fact that runners who cannot make it due to storm related issues can defer to next year only if they pay the crazy high race fee shows that NYRR is only in it for the money.

Nov. 02 2012 11:17 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

There is no good argument for this at all UNLESS Bloomberg can provide financial proof that keeping the marathon scheduled will directly enhance the city budget, and therefore provide aid in assisting New Yorkers who need help. Otherwise, it is insane to provide police detail and services to the event when all of downtown, parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island still have no power and no water.

Nov. 02 2012 11:11 AM
hannah from NYC

I'm devastated, since the NYC marathon has been my dream for the past 2 years. But I can't in good conscience run the marathon. I really wish someone would organize a volunteer opportunity for all the conscientious objectors to do on Sunday during the marathon. Just tell me where to go. I run 40 miles a week, so I definitely could be carrying water up stairs or could donate my super healthy runner's blood to someone. Please someone who is good at these sorts of things, come up with a large scale alternative for those of us who want to help. I'd be much less depressed if I could hang out with other marathon deferrers and help someone out.

Nov. 02 2012 11:08 AM
bernie from bklyn

this is insanity. there seems to be a serious disconnect between the politicians and the people suffering on the ground. runners throwing half drank cups of water to the ground as people in staten island have nothing to drink or eat is offensive. clogging up main arteries that should be clear for utility and emergency workers is shameful. taking police away from keeping order in powerless, lawless neighborhoods is dangerous and irresponsible.

Nov. 02 2012 11:04 AM

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