After several months of training, I am in taper mode leading up to the NYC Marathon on Sunday November 4. I am more prepared than I ever have been and my legs are ready to run 26.2 miles at the fastest pace they have ever ran for that distance. I am confident that if the weather is on my side, that I will be able to run a personal best on Sunday (my previous PR is a 3:17).
Unfortunately…the weather this week is not on my side. I don’t know if anyone has heard the news, but a big storm blew through the east coast and is causing some issues in NYC…
Millions are without power and NYC is essentially shut down. The transportation systems that keep NYC moving are not able to function. No one can get into NYC, no one can get out, and no one can get around the city.
How the heck will they hold this marathon in 5 days?
The NYC marathon officials are staying positive and released the following statement on Tuesday:
“We’re assessing today with the city what the damage was and the ability to recover as quickly as possible. The New York Road Runners is moving ahead with everything we can do to be on the way to putting on a great marathon on Sunday.”
The article in which I pulled this statement discusses in detail the marathon itself, the expo, transportation in and around NYC, and flight travel to NYC. There are so many unknowns at this time, there are so many questions that need to be answered.
Will my flight to NYC be cancelled on Friday, will I even be able to make it to NYC by Saturday?? If my flight makes it, how will I get from the airport to my hotel? Will my hotel even have power and water by Friday? Will they be able to host the expo? Where will I eat, will restaurants even be open? How will I get to the start line if public transportation is down? Will they be able to clear the course of debris? Will they be able to get enough (clean) water for the aid stations? Will they be able to guarantee safety of the runners if hospitals are shut down and ambulances are tied up for hurricane relief?
WILL I BE RUNNING A MARATHON IN NYC ON SUNDAY??!?!?
Honestly, NYC’s focus needs to be on it’s residents and on getting the city back in order. The last thing that NYC needs is to worry about 40,000+ high maintenance runners taking over their city. Plus, it wouldn’t be smart to hold a race of this size in a time like this (unless things dramatically change in the next few days).
In my opinion, I don’t think that the NYC marathon will be happening this Sunday, or at least for me anyway (I see little chances of me being able to travel to NYC on Friday, have a hotel room waiting for me and being able to navigate the city and make it to the start line).
With that being said, what they heck are marathon officials going to do??
Entrants paid $255 to run this race, not to mention the cost of flights, hotels, and other travel incidentals. If they allow deferrals, will they make everyone pay another $255 (or more??) to run next year? That would essentially be a $510 marathon, just for the entrance fee(s) alone. That would be effing ridiculous and scandalous if you ask me. I sure as heck will be asking for, at the very least, a discounted entry into the 2013 NYC marathon.
Nobody is to blame and there is nothing that can be done but wait; wait for updates and then make an informed decision.