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Mayor: New York City Marathon Canceled As City Continues Recovery From Sandy

Source: CNN

New York – The New York City Marathon — scheduled for Sunday — was canceled Friday due to lingering effects from Superstorm Sandy, the city’s mayor said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg had said earlier in the week the race would go on — despite transportation, power and other issues — contending, among other things, that businesses could use the economic boost the event provides.

But on Friday, he and the race’s organizer issued a joint statement saying they’d decided to cancel the race because they did “not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants.”

“While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division,” the statement said.

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