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New York City Marathon canceled

11-05-2012 10:47 BJT

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NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) - The New York City Marathon will not take place as planned on Sunday, a New York city official said Friday.

Runners who were planning to run in the New York City Marathon run through Central Park in
Manhattan in an alternative marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. The official race was
canceled because of Superstorm Sandy.

City officials and the organizers of the marathon have been under pressure to cancel the event as the Northeast struggles to recover from heavy flooding and power outages caused by superstorm Sandy.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg confirmed the cancellation in a statement, saying: "We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it."

New York City Marathon runners carry relief supplies through a damaged neighborhood in the
Staten Island borough of New York November 4, 2012. Hundreds of runners in New York City are
refusing to let a canceled marathon spoil their Sunday plans and are channeling months of
preparation into informal runs intended to benefit victims of superstorm Sandy.

New York City Marathon runners help clear debris from the homes of a damaged neighborhood in
the Staten Island borough of New York November 4, 2012.

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