The NY Road Runners Blamed the Media for the Marathon Cancellation | Bob's Blitz

The NY Road Runners Blamed the Media for the Marathon Cancellation

The New York Road Runners have sent out a letter to its members explaining the reasons that the 2012 ING New York City Marathon has been canceled. It was all because of the media. We've obtained the letter. The NYRR also continues to deny that the race uses NYC resources that will now be used in more appropriate places.

Emphasis below is ours.

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that the 2012 ING New York City Marathon has been canceled.

The decision was made after it became increasingly apparent that the people of our city and the surrounding tri-state area were still struggling to recover from the damage wrought by the recent extreme weather conditions. That struggle, fueled by the resulting extensive and growing media coverage antagonistic to the marathon and its participants, created conditions that raised concern for the safety of both those working to produce the event and its participants. While holding the race would not have required diverting resources from the recovery effort, it became clear that the apparent widespread perception to the contrary had become the source of controversy and division. Neither NYRR nor the City could allow a controversy over the marathon to result in a dangerous situation or to distract attention from all the critically important work that is being done to help New York City recover from the storm.

NYRR, in partnership with the Rudin Family and the ING Foundation, has established the "Race to Recover" Marathon Fund to aid New Yorkers impacted by the storm. Over $2.6 million has been raised, including a $1 million donation by NYRR. We are asking you to join us by making a $26.20 donation, or whatever you can afford, to help bring recovery and hope to those communities and families most affected. Proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy Relief, administered by the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. You can also donate to the relief effort through NYRR's fundraising platform, CrowdRise, which includes the American Red Cross and other charities.

NYRR will redeploy the marathon resources and materials toward the recovery effort. We will share the details of this project as they are finalized in the days ahead.

We all recognize this has been a very challenging time in New York City that has impacted so many people, including you, our runners. Please know that this is one of the toughest decisions we have ever made, and that we deeply appreciate your support.

Road Runners Club President Mary Wittenberg still doesn't get it if it was solely the MSM's fueling 'coverage antagonistic to the marathon' (And check out the temperature of the blogs, Facebook, and Twitter to boot.) that caused its cancellation. One wanted to believe Mayor Bloomberg, ING, and Wittenberg saw the light and smartened up. Based on this letter - she obviously never did. NYRR members need to smarten up and tell her to hit the road.

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