I have access to internet!!!! This post may be a little late but I could not upload it because I did not have access to the internet. I have holed up at my Mother-in-laws house which has power and most recently TV and internet. Sadly, I am still without power but it could be worse. Here are my thoughts on the NYC marathon:
This week Long Island, NYC, NJ, and many other areas were devastated by hurricane Sandy. I was fortunate to come out mostly unscathed, with the exception of a large downed tree in my backyard and no power. My fortune did not extend to the many other people that lost their homes and some their lives during the hurricane.
I can say that I have never experienced anything like this in my entire life. Long Island is utter chaos with major traffic lights out and people waiting on mile long lines for gas. I was in Oceanside today and it was utter devastation, my heart goes out to all these people who lost so much in the blink of an eye.
Throughout this devastation I cannot express how disgusted I was in the fact that Mayor Bloomberg decided to continue on with the NYC Marathon. I was set to run this marathon up until about a month ago when I developed a stress fracture and many would say because I was not running, it is easy for me to say just cancel it. The fact is I have thought about this long and hard and any way you look at it, this marathon should not take place during all the devastation.
Valuable resources like the city’s police department should not be taken away from their recovery efforts for hurricane Sandy to facilitate a marathon. Roads that can be used for emergency vehicles should not be closed for a marathon. Generators, food, blankets should be used for people who have lost their homes and their power rather than 30,000 plus runners.
I feel for the runners, but I feel that the areas devastated by this hurricane need all of the resources available and that running a marathon instead of focusing on them is just wrong. If I were able to run this race, I absolutely wouldn’t. I was left with so much disgust at the situation that I was not even going to run this race next year, but I was going to pick another marathon to be my first.
As of 11/2/12, after all the controversy of hosting this race, Mayor Bloomberg decided to cancel after all. The right decision has been made, although it should have been made days ago, everyone’s efforts can now be focused on Hurricane Sandy’s recovery.
I feel for all the runner’s that have made the trip to NYC for this race and for all those hoping to run it but couldn’t, but I feel that the people devastated by Hurricane Sandy should come first. There will always be another marathon, but these people need help now and that help should not be impacted by a race that shuts down many portions of NYC.
My thoughts and prayers are with all the people that have been devastated by this Hurricane.
Hold your loved ones close because life can change in a blink of an eye.
What are your thoughts on the NYC Marathon???