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New York Marathon goes on Sunday as scheduled

11-01-2012 07:15 BJT

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- The New York Marathon will go ahead on Sunday as scheduled, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Wednesday in spite of damage from Hurricane Sandy.

Marathon officials had been proceeding as planned to stage the annual event that runs through all five boroughs of the largest city in America, but they were awaiting final word from city officials regarding the staging of the race.

Flooding and power outages remained common around the city and subway and other transit systems remained shut down because of the damage caused by the superstorm that blasted ashore late Monday in nearby New Jersey.

Mary Wittenberg, president of the New York Road Runners, said the organizing group was set to hire private contractors to replace city workers who would typically handle such things as security and medical needs for the race.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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