New York City Marathon cancelled amid protests

By Alex Skillin,

Sunday's New York City Marathon will be cancelled after a growing number of people protested Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision earlier in the week to carry on with the event.

Almost immediately after Hurricane Sandy hit New York on Monday, questions arose over whether or not the marathon should take place as planned.

Earlier on Friday, Bloomberg defended his decision to go ahead with the marathon, telling CBS News, "We are here and we are going to recover," while also adding that the race will "give people something to cheer about."

Yet, despite Bloomberg's confident assertions, an increasing number of people called for the race to be cancelled, ultimately leading the event's organizers to call off the marathon late Friday afternoon.

According to the New York Times, this will be the first since 1970 the New York City Marathon will not take place, a remarkable span that includes the race run just two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

After cancelling the event, Mary Wittenberg, the marathon's director, told the New York Times, "It's clearly the best thing for New York and the best thing for the marathon and the future is, unfortunately, to move on."

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