Race to Recover: The ING New York City Marathon cancelled due to controversy, relief efforts continue

By Jennifer Keating,

The New York City Marathon, dubbed "The Race to Recover" in the wake of superstorm Sandy which hit the East Coast earlier this week, was cancelled Friday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and race coordinators due to a superstorm of criticism.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the New York Road Runners club had decided to make the charitable event a fundraiser for the relief effort in NYC. They renamed the race the "Race to Recover," and the effort has already brought in $1.1 million from longtime sponsors, the Rudin family; in addition to a $1 million commitment from the Road Runners; $500,000 from ING; and $26.20 from each runner, which could mean hundreds of thousands.

"They're running this race to help New York City and the donations from all the runners in the clubs will be a big relief to our efforts," said Mayor Bloomberg earlier today, only to eventually cancel it hours later.

Organizers announce from the ING New York City Marathon website , "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."

Too much division arose between "Race to Recover" supporters and those who worried a division of resources at this time would be harmful to the recovery effort.

The New York Road Runners also announced that although the race is cancelled at this time, they are still maintaining efforts to raise funds for the relief effort. If you are interested in donating to the effort, please visit the New York Road Runners website for more information.

Would you have made a bigger effort to keep the marathon as scheduled, or do you think race coordinators have done the right thing by canceling the race this year? Tell us your thoughts below.



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