(Image Source: Jonathan Sanger / NBC News)

 

BY NATHAN GIANNINI

ANCHOR CARISSA LOETHEN


After days of increasing pressure, city officials and event organizers announced Friday afternoon that the New York City Marathon would NOT be held on Sunday. Here’s WNBC.

“It is unclear at this moment whether that means that city officials are trying to find another date for it or whether it is canceled entirely.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg initially decided to let the race go on as planned, despite complaints it would be both insensitive and divert resources from relief efforts. In a statement he denied that claim, saying:

“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 … The marathon has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of courage and determination. We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it.”

The New York Times reports -- this is a historic move:

“...the marathon has been held every year since 1970, including the race in 2001 held two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks...”

ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported earlier this week -- the marathon brings in an estimated $340 million.

New York Marathon Cancelled

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Nov 2, 2012

New York Marathon Cancelled

(Image Source: Jonathan Sanger / NBC News)

 

BY NATHAN GIANNINI

ANCHOR CARISSA LOETHEN


After days of increasing pressure, city officials and event organizers announced Friday afternoon that the New York City Marathon would NOT be held on Sunday. Here’s WNBC.

“It is unclear at this moment whether that means that city officials are trying to find another date for it or whether it is canceled entirely.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg initially decided to let the race go on as planned, despite complaints it would be both insensitive and divert resources from relief efforts. In a statement he denied that claim, saying:

“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 … The marathon has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of courage and determination. We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it.”

The New York Times reports -- this is a historic move:

“...the marathon has been held every year since 1970, including the race in 2001 held two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks...”

ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported earlier this week -- the marathon brings in an estimated $340 million.

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