Skip to comments.Fox Business News: Growing chorus to cancel NY Marathon
Posted on 11/02/2012 8:14:29 AM PDT by pabianice
People in long lines in Staten island to get gas to run generators. State Police had to be called in to stop fighting in gas lines in Staten Island, other boroughs. NJ's Christie suspending laws limiting getting gasoline from out of state. No electricity in Staten Island, other boroughs; none expected for at least another week.
Growing chorus demanding the Marathon be postponed/canceled as it begins in Staten Island. The picture of clean, healthy runners in their expensive jogging outfits running through flooded, burn-out streets lined with destroyed cars and houses and refugees not what the Marathon big wigs want.
People are suffering. This is not the time for a road race.
I read somewhere the NY Marathon brings in about $340 million to the city.
This is still so wrong in many ways to proceed with it.
I personally think every news service in the area should cease live TV coverage of Sandy aftermath and contribute those generators toward getting the affected areas back on track.
When I think of the human involvement in the marathon, I see so much potential for converting that manpower to help with clean-up and other things to help others get their life back to normal.
Much of the economic activity would still take place, since others have already come into the city. What if they then went out and purchased tools and other things that they could use to help out?
I am continually astonished to see what a group of people can accomplish in a short period of time.
This seems like an excellent opportunity here.
It sure seems like a very stupid decision by Bloomberg. That man is proving to be a turd in every sense of the term.
1. Whining is unbecoming in a Conservative.
2. It’s the perfect time for a road race.
3. People are always suffering.
4. Let the race, and commerce, bloom. It can’t hurt.
Please. People are suffering every day. Are you saying NY can't walk and chew gum? Given their reputation, you'd think they'd be offended at the suggestion.
If the hotels were open, restaurants open, and the airlines were running on schedule, sure.
Maybe each runner could carry a bucket or two?
Given how they vote, ya I'll say that.
Even here, some people just don’t get it. They think if the marathon is on, it will go as usual with a big ka-ching. In fact, people who planned on attending will stay away in droves.
Anybody feeling frisky enough to participate, ought to get into a bucket brigade to get flush water to people in high rises.
Bloomie better cancel or he may find that those who live by the optics can die by the optics.
It would be a good time for ANY OTHER MARATHON to announce they will accept your NYM registration to run at their race. It would be ideal if it were conducted at “about the same time” since marathon training schedules are pretty strict. I’m too lazy to look up the marathon calendar for them, but I’m sure there are plenty of fall marathons to run. Maybe they can even donate some proceeds to storm repair.
Just providing the water to runners is callous when some parts of the city don’t have clean water; in some cases they’ve been told boiling won’t make it drinkable.
Staten Islanders put it best when they said “we’re still finding bodies”...
Marine Corp Marathon held in DC is coming up very soon.
They had an older lady on the radio this morning complaining because she and her husband had checked into a hotel (they had no power), couldn’t reserve more than 1 day at a time, and then were booted for marathon people.
It is just a bad time; every cup those runners down along the course is more clean water unavailable to people in other parts of the city. I don’t live there (never go there, though we can see the skyline across the meadowlands), but I think it is callous to do that.
Would they run the marathon less than a week after 9/11? The impact of this storm is felt by a much larger number of people; what happened to Battery Park City on 9/11 (no power, food, uninhabitable housing) has happened all over the lower portions of the city, including areas where people weren’t told to evacuate.
Nanny flaming Bloomers knows best.
No way would I divert resources for the marathon.
All people need to speak up when they are trapped and hurting so others can learn what they can do to help out. There is a time to suffer in silence and move through hard times; and then is a time of emergency to shout out for help. :)
See # 14 and # 16; these people aren’t just suffering, they are being told it will continue for at least a week while temperatures keep dropping (and a nor’easter approaches).
“Anybody feeling frisky enough to participate, ought to get into a bucket brigade to get flush water to people in high rises.”
What exactly about personal freedom and liberty do you not understand?
“They had an older lady on the radio this morning complaining because she and her husband had checked into a hotel (they had no power), couldnt reserve more than 1 day at a time, and then were booted for marathon people.
It is just a bad time; every cup those runners down along the course is more clean water unavailable to people in other parts of the city. I dont live there (never go there, though we can see the skyline across the meadowlands), but I think it is callous to do that.
Would they run the marathon less than a week after 9/11? The impact of this storm is felt by a much larger number of people; what happened to Battery Park City on 9/11 (no power, food, uninhabitable housing) has happened all over the lower portions of the city, including areas where people werent told to evacuate.”
Please stop whining.
Are you serious?
I have power, clean water, 2 full tanks of gas, healthy children...heck, we’re even going to have Halloween (on Monday). I’m just a human being who has seen the interviews with these people (who I have no affinity with whatsoever); NYC is a foreign country to me, but they’re still people.
Assuming you're in Kearny, did you get any flooding at all?
Along the Passaic River there was some (mostly businesses), and the roads between Kearny & Jersey City (across the meadows) were flooded. South Kearny (the port) is flooded, while the residential part has a lot of downed trees. Had to go a few towns over to get gas.
Thanks. I assumed the Jersey City waterfront would be flooded, but it's a real surprise that Kearny was affected.
That's human bodies. No mention of animal bodies, or of spoiled food and toxic chemicals that are mixed in with the water.
If I were in NYC, I would consider the running of the marathon to be an insult to those still homeless and without the necessities of life. Yes, marathoners might pitch in and help clean up afterwards, but they'll also be using critical resources.
Don't you just love Bloomberg: screw the people in his city who don't have electricity or clean water, but DAMMIT, NO ONE will drink a 32 oz. soda!
What exactly in my comment caused you to infer that I want anyone FORCED to do anything?
South Kearny is very flood-prone; there are no residences there, but there is industry, truck stops, and a firehouse. Usually just strong rains will flood South Kearny (the Fishhouse Road area, by route 1&9).
A radio host just described some marathon runners donning their numbers and going to Staten Island to help with the relief instead of running the marathon; good for them.
Where is Occupy WallStreet when you need them...
Seriously though...what runner in their right mind would do this marathon NOW!
At least two groups of people scheduled to run the New York City Marathon Sunday are organizing protests against the city’s decision to allow the marathon to go forward, despite Hurricane Sandy’s devastation.
Furious over resources going to the marathon instead of to relief efforts, Penny Krakoff, a social worker, plans to take food and supplies to the Staten Island starting line before breaking off to deliver them to Sandy victims.
“I cannot start a 26.2 mile run in Staten Islandpeople are missing, stranded, in need of resources. Brooklyn and Queens have equal devastation,” she told Gothamist. “Parts of Manhattan are without electricity, water, major hospitals are closed. The Bronx too has its own challenges. Today I will volunteer at a city evacuation shelter. Sunday morning I will catch the marathon bus to Staten Island. Not planning to run. Plan to volunteer instead and gather resources (extra clothes, bottles of water, food from runners at the start). Let’s not waste resources and attention on a foot race. Who is with me?”
A Facebook group called “Marathon of Relief” with nearly 500 likes also proposes runners show up for the start of the race, and then depart to deliver aid along the route.
“Runners will show up at the starting line, but will break off en masse at different points of the city to deliver supplies to places hardest hit and without power,” it says. “This will mean departing from the race, to head to various buildings, running up and down stairs delivering water and canned goods, etc.”
And another, with more than 2,700 likes, called “Boycott the 2012 NYC Marathon,” has a similar message:
Good for them; the marathon can wait. Could you imagine waiting fof drinkable water while these people run past? The natives should hunt them, like a modern “Hunger Games”...
Maybe a city that hasn't been underwater for three days and counting...