New York City Marathon Officially Canceled

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After much public criticism from elected officials and storm victims, the New York City Marathon was officially canceled Friday afternoon.

The race, which traditionally kicks off on storm-damaged Staten Island, was scheduled for Sunday. As recently as Friday morning, Bloomberg said the race would go off as scheduled and said key resources would not be diverted to it.

That changed Friday, when Bloomberg and the New York Road Runners club issued this joint statement:

“The Marathon has been an integral part of New York City’s life for 40 years and is an event tens of thousands of New Yorkers participate in and millions more watch. 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. 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 recover from the storm and get our city back on track. The New York Road Runners will have additional information in the days ahead for participants.”

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  1. “The Prisoner of City Hall” aka the 21st Century “NERO” who writes Nanny Pac checks, endorsed “Big Brother Obama, and who wanted to watch the Marathon aka 21st Century Chariot Races.

    I guess someone told him he is acting like “NERO” and I guess he look into the mirror and saw he “WAS” Nero.

    So the race has been cancelled

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
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    Power to the People who “VOTE”