It’s unclear what persuaded Mayor Bloomberg to cancel Sunday’s NYC Marathon, but whatever led to the decision it's a great one.
Notwithstanding, there are plenty of people on both sides of the aisle.
On one side there are the runners who came from all over the world to participate. Those who have been training through grueling distances for the last four to eight months. Those who were lucky enough to win the "lottery" to run. Those who made it because throughout this year they ran a minimum of five half-marathons, those who because of their elite-running-pace made it in.
And there are those whose plane tickets were set, hotels, and vacations set aside just so they could run the NYC Marathon.
Then looking at the other side, there are those who are without heat, without food, without water, isolated from humanity without electricity, no communication, not hearing the voices of other human beings-- like not having life, very frightened and lonely.
Just today, there were more bodies pulled from the Staten Island sound.
Long lines of people waiting for gasoline to power their generators.
Long lines to get gas for their cars so they can sit in them with their babies and children and get warmth.
Imagine the people whose houses got crushed by trees, whose homes got swept by the sea. The elderly who are shut-in because their their legs no longer make them movil or because their elevators don't work.
Those who are cold.
I ran the NYC Marathon and though the training was tough and the excitement of running the 26.2 miles was exhilarating, I know I could put that aside for those who are suffering.
This has been the best decision Mayor Bloomberg has made.
Perhaps instead of it being a total wash out, the runners can go to each of the communities along the marathon and volunteer, as someone suggested. This would certainly be a different experience and a rewarding one.
I vote for the runners to volunteer and share with the community and help the people they encounter. They can help clean homes, cut trees, feed the hungry, or hug someone.
Mary Wittenberg, head of the NYC Road Runners, confirmed the cancellation.
And at 5:00 p.m. it was cancelled.
All the 40 thousand runners today will be guaranteed participation next year.
And that is a good thing.
Let’s celebrate next year and today, this weekend and the coming months let’s unite and concentrate of those who are in need.