The running world was sitting and wondering what’s up and if the “show would go on?” The Mayor of New York City first noted that despite the tragedy, it would be a good thing to get on with good things. Get back to normal.
But as the marathon starting gun time neared, and the running community was converging on the Sandy-ravaged city of New York, public perception was starting to deteriorate.
The Mayor said that the race would not divert resources from the rescue and recovery efforts from the storm called Sandy. But people were not seeing past that, as they watched huge power generators coming into town to power certain aspects of the event. Or that supplies of runners’ water was coming in.
This, at a time when survivors desperately needed power and water.
The perceptions were getting the best of people, as runners were starting to receive a decidedly hostile form of online bullying. Despite aspects about bullying, it’s understandable about the frustration of survivors.
And many are asking, why so late?
For the last few days sponsors, organizers and runners (professional elites, enthusiast, marathoners, etc.) were converging on the location. It wasn’t until Friday, that the New York mayor cancelled the event.
Many questioned why so late a decision versus cancelling the event prior to so many people coming into town. But many runners agree with the cancellation.
It’s a tough situation across the board, and though sometimes people are using emotions to dictate their actions or vocalizations, you can’t fault them.
Though everyone involved spent months training, and preparing for this weekend, the New York Marathon will happen again next year. I get the level of frustration to not being able to participate. But the right choice was made. It’s a shame they waited until so many folks actually got to town to cancel though. But hey, forty thousand runners with nothing to do? Sounds like forty thousand available volunteers!