Relief was mixed with sadness when I head the news the 2012 NYC marathon was cancelled due to the wreckage left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It was a foolish idea of the NYC Mayor to continue to support a marathon complete with food, fuel and beverages for the runners while newly homeless city residents scavenged for food in garbage dumpsters.
I can’t imagine the level of disappointment felt by the runners set to participate in this marathon. I know runners who were training in Philly for this marathon while raising funds for charity. It is just a mess in so many different ways. In a few short weeks, I along with my running buddies will to participate in the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon; a run I’ve been working towards for the past two years. The past 6 months have been on blur of training, half marathons and a triathlon all leading me to the Philadelphia Marathon. I would be completely devastated if the Philly Marathon was cancelled and my heart goes out to all the NYC Marathon runners tonight.
My good blogging friend, John Ruberry, is a veteran marathon with over 30 marathons completed including Boston. He blogged on his thoughts of Mayor Bloomberg’s insistence on going ahead with the marathon until he was shamed into cancelling the race.
In other running news, the organizers of the nation’s most popular 10 mile run – The Broad Street Run – announced the 2013 registration will be by lottery. This has caused sharp reaction both for and against this change. The 2012 Broad Street Run sold out within 4 hours on the first day of registration. Many runners complained of difficulty with online registration, others felt they were not given an equal chance to register due to the online registration problems.