I would like to see the New York Marathon participants (who have the time, money and endurance) volunteer their time that day. The city gets the revenue of their coming in and the resources dedicated to making the marathon happen could be refocused on deploying the participants to volunteer throught NYC.
time critical: make it a win/win situation
with that many people either have the run then the next day have them come back and have a walk to pick up trash and at the end of the walk have dumpsters or just have the walk instead of a run. You have all those people with all that energy and power - let it count for something - helping their neighbors in need
As someone who donated to the aforementioned charities, I'm not going to ask for my donation back if the person I chose to support doesn't run! Those charities are still going to receive the funds for the most part. The media coverage of this crisis has been vile--we spent the morning on CNN/Fox/MSNBC discussing the 7.7% vs. the 7.9% unemployment increase and barely a glance at Long Island, Staten Island and New Jersey. Are people in this country taking their long winter's nap?? Do you realize that the people who we are going to ask to keep you safe while you are running are the people who live in these decimated towns and communities? Really think that the best use of their time as we go into colder weather is to make sure the marathon goes on?? I'm all for capitalism and I get the financial impact of the loss of revenue to the city--it's like cutting bleeding an artery that's hemorrhaging even more but Mayor Bloomberg, COME ON! Think this one through a bit more and walk amongst your constituents and ask those on the Lower East Side what THEY think! Your hospitals are failing now--you want to add to this? It's negligent, it's disrespectful and I'm appalled. There are people hurting on the east coast that could use our help and at a minimum our solidarity and support. Let's get our heads out of our collective behinds and get these people power, gas and food and then we can talk about our recreational, luxury items like marathons! And I've trained for months for races and get the pain of this--but really? That's a rich person's problem!
I have watched the destruction, lack of presence, your people homeless, starving, walking miles for gas, cold , loss of life and you want to take money and power for a marathon. I watched as New Yorkers pulled together for 9-11 and were so proud that I wished I had lived among them. Your people and families deserve so much more.. Take this time to help those in need instead of promoting a marathon that can be ran at a later date... So So sad to watch... Hope you all do the right thing....
Please take all the items left by the runners at the begining of the marathon to the Shelters on Staten Island. Usually there is a large amount of clothing.
Awesome awesome AWESOME suggestion by Dironman. PLEASE donate all those clothes to those who need them.
As a former NOLA now Florida resident,I think Mayor Bloomberg is a showboating fool.If Gov Cuomo has any common sense he would use his authority to cancel the NYC Marathon.Every govt and private resource (worker,generator,gallon of gas) diverted by the clueless and vain Mayor Bloomberg to the set up and run the Marathon takes limited recovery assets from the public suffering from Sandy's destruction,victims that are in the dark and cold without little to none power,fuel, food,clean water or shelter.
Having lived thru hurricanes,the President and our fed govt do not have magic wands to wave away the awful struggle to survive immediately after the storm or during the long haul to cleanup and begin the recovery. FEMA money does not belong to any President,it is contributed fed tax dollars from every fed taxpayer. The most important assets in a disaster is having a competent and STRONG GOVERNOR working with local county/parish and city govt to access then direct fed govt money and resources. Mayor Bloomberg must live in some fantasy land when workers are setting up bleachers and bunting as NYC people suffer the cold,dirt(I remember no running water,no laundry...) and are hungry.Gov Cuomo WAKE UP!
Good decision to postpone the Marathon. It was just too soon. Will be more excited to see the runners in a few weeks when our New Yorkers and new jerseyans have heat and hot water.
Found an interesting post on the cancellation of the marathon, here it goes:
So, I sit here with about 400-emails to answer. To runners who signed up to do this race, the majority who signed up not just to run, but to raise money for a purpose. Who then, when they heard, or saw firsthand Hurricane Sandy AGAIN donated. Runners; the changemakers. To the ones who saved up for years, like the Aborigines group with Rob De Castella – a once in a lifetime experience, how can we apologize? To the man whose dying daughter gave me an entry to this year’s marathon who has raised thousands for cancer research. To runners in a whole who have raised a mind boggling 650-million for Cancer research…
Sunday will come and Sunday will go – as if it was a Saturday.
No resources are being shifted that aren’t needed– who knows better than Bloomberg, you or I? The Red Cross are saying “We don’t need more volunteers, we need money,” and that is what the runners were doing. Who was listening to the Red Cross?
Raising Dollars — in the first day near to $3-million before the fanfare started… All these people who are shouting, “We’re going on a clean up on Sunday instead on running” – where were you on the day of the hurricane, or the day after… Why do you have to wait to Sunday for a Clean up?
I can not tell you how many Firemen I met at the expo who were looking forward to this race, who were excited for this race… Anyway, many problems are deeper lying than the obvious… but as a Board Member of the NYRR I know I have to apologize to each and everyone of these runners. I hear all your stories and I feel pain. Am truly sorry.
Also found a link http://aleksruns.com/2012/11/02/breaking-nycm-cancelled-after-all/ showing a map of volunteer stations in NYC for all interested in helping.