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NYC Marathon Canceled, But Marathoner Pride Lives On

The 2012 New York City Marathon may have been canceled following misguided public outrage, but marathoner pride is alive and well. Despite having sunk thousands of dollars into marathon-related expenses such as hotel, flight and related fees, large contingents of runners —notably from European countries such as Germany and Italy — took to Central Park early Saturday morning (11/3/12) to run. Not for a medal or prize money, but for national pride, and for the love of running. Central Park, which had been closed all week for cleanup after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the city, reopened at 8 a.m. ...
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NY Mayor Bloomberg Reverses Course, Cancels NYC Marathon

ew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has called off the New York Marathon, bowing to political pressure and criticism that the race would divert city resources away from the Hurricane Sandy cleanup effort. But it will cause another financial blow to the already reeling city. Bloomberg wanted to move forward with the marathon because it was expected to generate $255 million in economic activity for the beleaguered city, which is losing tens of millions of dollars a day because of the hurricane. The mayor also wanted to marathon to go forward as a symbol of the city’s resiliency and a sign that it was quickly moving ahead to restore normalcy to the city....