PETITION TO POSTPONE THE NYC MARATHON [UPDATED]

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 at 4:31 pm by

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Jason Decrow, Associated Press: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

**UPDATED**
The Marathon has been cancelled. No rescheduled date yet. Let’s rebuild this city!

Please, everyone, I implore you to sign this petition. This movement is to MOVE THE MARATHON!

Marathon runners: When you start at the Verrazano Bridge, half of you should turn around and run toward Hylan Blvd and go to Father Cappadanno or straight to Tottenville and help all those that lost their loved ones, lost their homes, lost everything in Staten Island… The other half should run through Brooklyn to Breezy Point to Long Island and help those that lost their homes and loved ones as well. There are so many people that need socks, t-shirts, shoes, water, hot food; these are all the same supplies that NYC will be providing to the thousands attending the NYC Marathon. Instead of running 26 miles through a city that President Obama declared a Major Disaster Area, run a gallon of gas to NJ so people don’t have to wait in line for 3 hours. I CANNOT believe the Mayor is still going to let the NYC Marathon go on. Please forward/like if you agree.

Have you seen that yet today?

I don’t have time to figure out where that originated, but it is all over the interwebs because guess what? The ING Marathon newly dubbed “The Race to Recover” is on Sunday as in this very.

As a New Yorker, watching the Marathon has been a thrilling tradition and for those who partake in actually running- an incredible experience, but (isn’t there always a “but?”) we are suffering.  Sandy caused mass devastation, as you know.

Our infrastructure is barely up and running and now Bloomberg has agreed to add to the chaos and gridlock by allowing this street blocking, bridge closing, sidewalk mobbing event to take place??!

This is so foolish it’s comical. Talking about it today I heard:

“The Marathon will boost morale.”

“The Marathon will bring in much needed revenue.”

“The runners are donating to the relief efforts.”

Yes, that is all true, but it won’t matter if the relief efforts are halted even for a day. There are people without power or heat or water!  Medical personnel and police officers should leave Sandy sufferers behind to aide runners with dehydration etc.? Bad idea. Really bad idea.  Someone (ahem, the Mayor) did not think this through and no, the traffic cops are simply not going to be able to handle the sheer number of people amidst the pre-existing gridlock set forth by Sandy.

The Marathon will further cripple an already severely injured city.

We want to see you run, just not this weekend. How ’bout Spring when it’s nice and warm?

Here’s the full link:  http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-mike-bloomberg-and-mary-wittenberg-ceo-of-nyrr-postpone-the-nyc-marathon-until-spring-2013

Soapbox stepped off and end scene.

Peace.

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