Posted by kevin campbell on November 03, 2012 at 11:40:24:
The word it out … decision made …. the NYC Marathon slated for this Sunday has indeed been canceled. In doing so, the tortured albeit well intended rationale to conduct the race for tax revenues and all has been rescinded. Instead, it was logic, humanity, and a sense of respect and kindness for those devastated by the Hurricane Sandy, that has prevailed.
Having run the NYC Marathon about 18 times over the many years, I can tell you that this is a race that celebrates all that is good within the human spirit and all that is good within New York. It is a race filled with positive vibes and passion. It is a race that sustains a very special place in my life and in my soul. In saying so, the notion that the marathon could be conducted just days after the unspeakable losses from Hurricane Sandy simply diminished the very spirit of the race.
Marathon runners are a forgiving breed. The essence of what we do has us sensitized to discipline and sacrifice. It is within our very psyche to be both resilient and uplifting. As such, we do not fret over this decision to cancel the race that we love so dearly. To the contrary, we praise the fact that the leadership of the event, and the associated officials within NYC government, acquired the wisdom and had the fortitude to do the right thing. In the end, the very legacy of our wondrous Marathon has been preserved. Fred Lebow, the race’s founding father, would be proud. Thank You!
As it turns out, the 2012 NYC Marathon will be dedicated to the well being of our many hurricane victims. No confusion, controversy or angst here. Millions of dollars from within the NYC Marathon reserve coffers, and from countless other donations, are now being diverted directly to the hurricane victims.
No … the NYC 2012 Marathon will not be a race through the five boroughs this year. Instead, it will be a “race to recovery” for all the hurricane victims. Way to go NYC Marathon!
See ya in 2013 ….
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