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November 4, 2012
We’ve been training for a year. I think they did the right thing by canceling it. But what else were we going to do? We wanted to run.
Runner Ola Lilja • Discussing why she took part in what was described as an “underground” marathon in NYC on Sunday, despite the fact that the city had cancelled the official one. Thousands showed up to race anyway, with all the makings of the race — including the finish line — set up and security guards playing a role in keeping everything in line. Not everyone took part — many runners instead chose to travel to Staten Island, which was devastated by the hurricane, to help out.
18:20 // 1 year ago
November 2, 2012
20:22 // 1 year ago

How Michael Bloomberg’s stance on the NYC Marathon evolved throughout the day

  • first "They’re running this race to help New York City and the donations from all the runners in the clubs will be a big relief to our efforts."
  • then "You have to keep going and doing things and you have to grieve. You can cry and you can laugh, all at the same time. That’s what human beings are good at."
  • now "We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it. We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event—even one as meaningful as this—to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track.”
20:05 // 1 year ago