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NYC Marathon: Runners protest, volunteer for Hurricane Sandy cleanup
UPI ^ | 11/2/12 | GABRIELLE LEVY

Posted on 11/02/2012 11:58:02 AM PDT by EBH

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 Island—people 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:

"Due to the catastrophic events, we have decided to wear our Bib numbers on race day, BUT WILL NOT BE RUNNING.

(Excerpt) Read more at upi.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: commonman; commonsense; sanity

1 posted on 11/02/2012 11:58:08 AM PDT by EBH
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To: EBH; Grampa Dave; dixiechick2000

What a great slap in that idiot liberal mayor’s pathetic face!!!


2 posted on 11/02/2012 12:00:35 PM PDT by SierraWasp ("The New Normal," is FAR from any normality!!!)
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To: EBH

Bookmark for later.


3 posted on 11/02/2012 12:03:04 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: SierraWasp

Anyone want to take bets whether they are Republicans?


4 posted on 11/02/2012 12:04:53 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Media goes nuts in 2004 because Bush went to the dentist 20 years ago. Benghazi? Nothing.)
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Monsignor Farrell will be a starting point for us, or any church on the island but you may want to start there. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn) is looking to assemble a team of volunteers for eventual clean-up. E-mail her office at: nysassembly60@gmail.com with your contact information if you would like to volunteer in the days to come.


5 posted on 11/02/2012 12:09:11 PM PDT by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: EBH
volunteer for Hurricane Sandy cleanup

That's what I was thinking too. If you've got all these people ready to run a marathon, they are people with a lot of physical energy. Why not put that energy to good use and organize a massive volunteer clean-up effort? I think thousands of the runners--and a lot of other folks too--would gladly volunteer. And besides doing a lot of good, it would be a public relations coup for the mayor!

6 posted on 11/02/2012 12:09:11 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (January 20, 2013: The end of an error.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Marathon racing is a lot of hard work...of course they’re Republican.


7 posted on 11/02/2012 12:10:01 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EBH
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.

They obviously haven't looked at the route on a map. The areas the marathon goes through are not the areas where people have no power or are out of their houses.
8 posted on 11/02/2012 12:11:59 PM PDT by FewsOrange
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To: EBH

***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.***

Well, Penny, let me tell you in no uncertain terms that food BETTER NOT have salt, and those soda cups BETTER NOT be larger than 12 ounces. But drugs, condoms, and %-off coupons to planned parenthood are a-okay.

Regards,
Mayor Putz


9 posted on 11/02/2012 12:12:11 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone ('We the People' can and will take this country back...starting today.)
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To: EBH
God bless 'em!

This is exactly what I've been hoping for- I want to runners to show up in appropriate (non-marathon) clothes and help people out. Screw the race. And I hope those runners that decide to volunteer wear their race bibs. Let people know that they've eschewed jogging in favor of humanity and common sense.

I can truly, honestly say that if I was signed up for an event like that, even if I'd trained for a year, I'd say 'Hell with it' and go help people. I know I'm far from the only one.

It's pretty outrageous that in the midst of an ongoing humanitarian disaster where people's lives are still at risk, Bloomberg wants water, high calorie foods and beverages, electrolytes, space blankets, clothes, generators, medical supplies, tons of volunteers, and first responders to literally pass by people who need all those in favor of a damned foot race. I mean, for Gawd's sake, they'll be running past crews doing the initial door-to-door search for bodies. It's sickening.

FUMB*

*F--- you, Michael Bloomberg
10 posted on 11/02/2012 12:12:14 PM PDT by verum ago (Some people must truly be in love, for only love can be so blind.)
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To: EBH
Gloomberg should be held responsible for those people on Staten Island for not sending those 2 huge generators there.
Gloomberg should be forced to resign.
If there are any deaths from not sending those 2 huge electric generators for the main stream media for the Marathon to Staten Island and people freezing or who died from exposure then Gloomberg should be held responsible.
11 posted on 11/02/2012 12:12:16 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: EBH

Say what? I believe there's a city ordinance against helping people in need.

12 posted on 11/02/2012 12:13:45 PM PDT by McGruff (This is probably the biggest cover-up in American history - Sen. Fred Thompson)
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To: EBH

This is good. Even the marathon runners are ticked. Do you *really* want to “win” a race that was run using resources that you know should have been deployed elsewhere?


13 posted on 11/02/2012 12:13:53 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Leftists are the small hive beetles of the American hive)
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To: Charles Henrickson
" That's what I was thinking too. If you've got all these people ready to run a marathon, they are people with a lot of physical energy. Why not put that energy to good use and organize a massive volunteer clean-up effort? I think thousands of the runners--and a lot of other folks too--would gladly volunteer. "

They can't, it's not a Unionized worker force ...
14 posted on 11/02/2012 12:15:02 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: EBH
Nice, but don't go to NJ unless you're a union member.

FMCDH(BITS)

15 posted on 11/02/2012 12:18:31 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: SierraWasp

OHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is grassroots!!! GO MARATHON HELPERS!!!


16 posted on 11/02/2012 12:19:01 PM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: verum ago
" It's pretty outrageous that in the midst of an ongoing humanitarian disaster where people's lives are still at risk, Bloomberg wants water, high calorie foods and beverages, electrolytes, space blankets, clothes, generators, medical supplies, tons of volunteers, and first responders to literally pass by people who need all those in favor of a damned foot race. I mean, for Gawd's sake, they'll be running past crews doing the initial door-to-door search for bodies. It's sickening. "


Liberalism's ugly face is being exposed with the mask being lifted off.

Liberalism.... the true cult of death.
17 posted on 11/02/2012 12:19:34 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: EBH

Bloomberg is closing down some of the few gas stations on Staten Island so the long lines of cars won’t inhibit the runners
Imagine trying to get fuel for your generator, waiting on line for 4 hours, and being told to come back in another 4 hours to take up position in line again.........don’t mind the bodies being pulled out of the rumble over there Sven, your on good time, watch out there’s some wet sand and mud around the next bend, mind your new Reeboks


18 posted on 11/02/2012 12:20:36 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: EBH

Emperor Bloomnero wants to Fiddle-Faddle while the Big Apple Burns.


19 posted on 11/02/2012 12:20:51 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (yup-Who knew??)
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To: EBH
The problem with these Union Thugs turning away those utilities workers coming from other states is ?

If there is another storm, snow storm or disaster those workers in other states will say the next time " SCREW THEM ! we tried to help out the last time " ... and those liberals and Unions dominated states will be left in the dark the next time.
20 posted on 11/02/2012 12:22:38 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: EBH

Can’t have a race if no one runs...


21 posted on 11/02/2012 12:23:23 PM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: stuartcr

Better yet they don’t run and turn around and hand out the food and water meant for them...to those in need.

Bloomberg is going to look like a liberal donkey’s backside.


22 posted on 11/02/2012 12:25:18 PM PDT by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: SierraWasp

How about a “Staten Island Fun-Run” while they’re at it? Sheesh


23 posted on 11/02/2012 12:25:22 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Whatever their affiliation, they’re making my monitor all blurry. May God bless their efforts and multiply their affect.


24 posted on 11/02/2012 12:25:58 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: EBH

I’ll bet the low number,A list runners will go ahead and participate.

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25 posted on 11/02/2012 12:28:14 PM PDT by Mears
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To: EBH
Main Stream Media stays warm and dry for a Marathon while people on Staten Island starve and Die.


2 huge electric generators for the main stream media for the Marathon but people on Staten Island starve and die.
26 posted on 11/02/2012 12:28:33 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: EBH
'Sons of Anarchy' star: Storm aftermath 'a lot worse than how it's being portrayed by media'

My flight has been changed six times now. Finally, I got a flight for Sunday. Then, the city decides they are going ahead with the New York City Marathon. The bridges will be closed, so I can’t get to the airport. How are they doing a marathon when most people don’t have power? On top of it, the hotels in Manhattan have been nice enough to put up people who have no homes. They are charging them $200 as opposed to $700 a night. But now they are throwing these people out because they’ve got people from all over the world coming to run the marathon. They are throwing out the survivors! So I call Jet Blue and say I can’t fly Sunday because I can’t get from Staten Island to JFK Airport. And they said ‘Okay Theo.’ They know me know because I’ve been calling them every 15 minutes. They say, ‘Theo, we can get you on a flight Friday.’ I say book it! I call up the car service, and they say, ‘We can’t pick you up, we have no gas.’ All my friends on Staten Island say, ‘How are we going to get you there? We have no gas.’ And the people who do have gas, don’t want to waste it going to JFK. So I’ve got to call and change my flight again. Now I’m leaving Monday. Everybody says if we don’t have gas in our cars by Monday, if the roads aren’t clear by Monday, that’s it … we’re throwing in the towel.

27 posted on 11/02/2012 12:30:33 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: nothingnew

Finally the Unions and the Union thugs will meet a force that they can’t handle and cause them to fear.... millions of people suffering from this storm, people who are starving and cold.


28 posted on 11/02/2012 12:32:44 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: American Constitutionalist

might have been a joke but I saw a rumor that ferries being diverted to get marathon runners to starting line... of course it might be sarcasm


29 posted on 11/02/2012 12:36:14 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SierraWasp

“What a great slap in that idiot liberal mayor’s pathetic face!!!”

But wait, he and Moocelle stopped NYers from buying big sodas and are providing bc and abortions for everyone.

What an idiot and joke the people of NY have for a faux mayor.


30 posted on 11/02/2012 12:44:20 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (We are the 53%, who pay taxes and keep this country going inspite of the 47% rat moochers!)
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To: American Constitutionalist
Gloomberg

That's perfect. Even better than Rush's "Doomberg." "Gloomberg" gets the "l" sound in there.

31 posted on 11/02/2012 12:48:28 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (January 20, 2013: The end of an error.)
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To: dirtboy

Hey, Theo, you spoiled rotten Follywooder, stay home and don’t put your demands on those in NYC.


32 posted on 11/02/2012 12:49:47 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (We are the 53%, who pay taxes and keep this country going inspite of the 47% rat moochers!)
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To: Doogle
Bloomberg is closing down some of the few gas stations on Staten Island so the long lines of cars won’t inhibit the runners

The race starts on the Verrazano bridge and leaves Staten Island. There are no Staten Island gas stations on the course.
33 posted on 11/02/2012 12:52:54 PM PDT by FewsOrange
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To: EBH

Well, God bless these people. I wonder if the MSM will cover this.


34 posted on 11/02/2012 12:59:14 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: American Constitutionalist
Main Stream Media stays warm and dry for a Marathon while people on Staten Island starve and Die. 2 huge electric generators for the main stream media for the Marathon but people on Staten Island starve and die.

Surreal.

Maybe Bloomberg is afraid that cancelling the race might draw too much national attention to the extent of the disaster and the slow response and thereby have a negative effect on Obama.

35 posted on 11/02/2012 1:03:53 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: All

is anybody asking if this is a private or city owned event?

I understand this is a PRIVATE business and not owned by the government.


36 posted on 11/02/2012 1:04:51 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: BlatherNaut

I guess the Death Panels decided that some people are more equal than others and decided that the New York Marathon and the main stream media that is covering it is more important than saving some old people’s lives.


37 posted on 11/02/2012 1:10:11 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: BlatherNaut
" Maybe Bloomberg is afraid that cancelling the race might draw too much national attention to the extent of the disaster and the slow response and thereby have a negative effect on Obama."



SANDYBENGHAZI ! The perfect storm

38 posted on 11/02/2012 1:14:46 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: EBH

http://gothamist.com/2012/11/01/food_trucks_generators_set_up_for_s.php#photo-1

UPDATE II: The Marathon will go on, but Friday’s opening ceremony and Saturday’s 5K race are cancelled.


39 posted on 11/02/2012 1:17:19 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: EBH
All is well, right now the big O’s rep. Janet Napo and the other Lesbo and future mayor Christie Quinn have been thanking O and the red cross for being there. No mention of the salvation Army who is also helping. Also they are not mentioning the marathon. It is mostly a shill for the Big O and how much he cares.
40 posted on 11/02/2012 1:25:17 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: longtermmemmory
is anybody asking if this is a private or city owned event? I understand this is a PRIVATE business and not owned by the government.

It is an event being run by the private NYRR on public roads.
41 posted on 11/02/2012 1:32:31 PM PDT by FewsOrange
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To: FewsOrange

will this private group be paying for the police protection and stuff too?


42 posted on 11/02/2012 1:35:06 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SierraWasp

I wonder if Doomberg refused a reset date for the organizaers.


43 posted on 11/02/2012 1:35:53 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: GeronL

Yes. The main reason the races they put on have risen so much in price is that the city now charges them for police services.


44 posted on 11/02/2012 1:42:12 PM PDT by FewsOrange
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To: All

this guy is such a twit. They actually lifted the term limits law for this narcissist.

You get what you ask for, well they asked for it and they got it.


45 posted on 11/02/2012 1:47:45 PM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: BlatherNaut
Exactly. Did you know martial law has been instituted in parts of New Jersey? Bodies are washing up all around NYC, dead rodents and garbage are rotting in the flooded streets, and looting is rampant. The statue of liberty has been closed indefinitely. Yet all we see are a few heartwarming posed photos of 'chairman O' hugging survivors.

And considering this is NEW YORK CITY, natural disasters like this jsut don't happen in the northeast, the coverage should be even more intense. Compare this to the media on Bush after Katrina.

On the other hand, with the heavily democrat and cheating-stronghold precincts under water and the people too busy digging out to vote, maybe the state will break for Romney.

46 posted on 11/02/2012 3:02:13 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard
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To: dirtboy

The “Boycott the 2012 NYC Marathon” Facebook group has already announced plans to continue with the volunteer efforts originally announced alongside the protest.

Shortly after the cancelation announcement was made, the group posted the following message to their page:

To our supporters, we are still moving forward with our initiative on Sunday, November 4 in Staten Island. More details to follow.

The “Marathon of Relief” group made a similar announcement:

We are glad to hear the news that the City has decided to cancel the NYC marathon. Now we get to fully focus our efforts on a marathon of volunteers!

Read more: http://www.upi.com/blog/2012/11/02/NYC-Marathon-canceled-after-protests/5561351878843/#ixzz2B6akdkWf


47 posted on 11/02/2012 3:06:53 PM PDT by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: SierraWasp

No kidding?

LOLOLOL

I didn’t know about this! To hear the media tell it, Bloomberg is a national hero.....finally.....for “canceling” this thing.


48 posted on 11/03/2012 12:26:31 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (I can see November from my house! dc2k circa 2010 Once again...with feeling!)
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