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New York City Marathon Still a Go for This Weekend

New Yorkers Gather To Watch The New York City Marathon
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The organizers of the ING New York City Marathon are still planning on holding the race this Sunday morning, counting on the resiliency of New Yorkers to pull together after the storm.

More than 40,000 runners are registered for the marathon, and under normal circumstances, over a million New Yorkers would line the streets to cheer them on.

“New York Road Runners is carefully monitoring Hurricane Sandy and it’s possible impact on the marathon and Race Week events.  At this time, we anticipate no changes to any of our public events,” the organization said on the marathon’ website.

The route used for the marathon mostly sidesteps the low-lying areas of the city most impacted by the storm.

The tricky part will be the transportation systems.  As of now, airports and subways are closed, as are a number of major bridges in New York.

Last year, the marathon went on as scheduled a week after a major storm hit the area.  This storm appears to be a bit more traumatic, but New Yorkers may very well recover quickly enough to pull this event off.  I wouldn’t bet against them.

For those runners that are unable to get to New York because of the storm, they will be able to defer their entry until 2013.

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