I know a bunch of people who have busted their asses training to participate in the NYC Marathon who are still living without power, hot water or electricity. There is no efficient public transit running to take them home. The taxis & liveries in NYC are running out of gas as we face a fuel shortage. These people would have to run 26 miles plus the distances from their homes to the start and finish lines, knowing they’re returning to an area with no food, no showers and no heat.
By holding the NY Marathon this weekend, you are taking away a huge accomplishment from your own participants. Postpone ‘til the lights are on. Postpone ‘til every runner can return to a shower.
If some runners want to show up early, there are elderly & sick people trapped in tall buildings who need people to bring water and food to their floors.
Dear Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo, NYC Road Runners:
I signed a petition calling to postpone the NYC Marathon on November 4, 2012.
I signed it because it’s ghoulish to continue with running the NYC Marathon in light of the victims of Superstorm Sandy, which stands at 160 in the US, Caribbean, and Canada and is sure to climb.
I signed it because residents, families and citizens are still struggling to survive, stay warm, fed, and safe at the starting line and within walking distance of the marathon route.
I signed it because the NYC Marathon siphons NYPD and other city workers from crucial ongoing rescue and recovery efforts less than a week after Sandy.
I signed it because the NYC Marathon places the emphasis on tending to non-residential areas like Central Park, when places like Breezy Point, Staten Island, the Rockaways, Long Island, and Long Beach are devastated.
And I signed it because if a city can bounce back from Sandy and normally self-proclaims to be the greatest city in the world, it can surely postpone the NY Marathon to a later date.
I hope you consider the more than 8 million people that comprise this city and that you do the right thing, and postpone the 2012 NYC Marathon.