NYC Marathon Thoughts… After The Fact

November 5th, 2012 by

Hey people. Here goes blog #2. As many of you across the country know, NYC canceled the marathon this year. Much controversy surrounded it, as the vast majority of people felt it would not be right to have the event occur so soon after Hurricane Sandy. A few cried for the show to go on. All week long I was definitely against having it on November 4th, and today I still stand by that, as the resources that would have been allocated to that can go to those who were greatly affected by the wrath of Mother Nature. However, I believe there should instead have been a postponement, and swifter decision making. Yesterday, I was walking through Central Park and I saw the finish line. Now, though I enjoy running, I will never participate in a marathon. Still, I know what it feels like to prepare for something for a long time and it either gets canceled or doesn’t go the way I hoped it would. Just as I finished taking a picture on my phone, there was a runner around who shook her head in utter disappointment. We talked for a few seconds. She is a native New Yorker, but has been living in Florida for a few years, coming back for this. Her problem wasn’t with there not being a marathon that day as opposed to how poorly this all was handled. Still, you can see the disappointment on her face. No matter how young or old we are, human beings are susceptible to this. I definitely felt bad for her, as well as everyone else who trained so hard and disciplined themselves to complete this grueling mission that few people have the courage to attempt. Mayor Bloomberg is a total idiot. We all knew this storm was coming and took it serious enough to suspend MTA service as well as New Jersey Transit. Therefore, the marathon could have been pushed back and most people would be happy with this… (you can’t please everybody) I say a two week postponement would have been fair. I think he just wanted to keep getting that tourist dollar as long as he could. Hell, even some hotels were kicking people seeking refuge out of the rooms just to accommodate the runners, which is cold. It was easy to villify the marathon itself, but the runners can’t be blamed for feeling disappointment. I would bet the majority totally understood and accepted the decision for no marathon on November 4th. However, it is time for elected leaders to act like it and have the people’s best interest in mind. Once again, thanks for reading. Feel free to give me your feedback. If i missed anything, let me know. I just didn’t want to turn this into a novel…. which maybe one day I will dive into. The next blog will be a lot more light hearted. I will probably talk about food, like I usually do!!