RAW: Officials cancel New York City Marathon
The New York City Marathon, which attracted a fairly large contingent from Mammoth, was canceled late Friday, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The mayor's action came amid an outcry that the event would take away from efforts to help thousands of New Yorkers who are without power or homeless because of superstorm Sandy.
"While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division," the mayor said in a statement.
"The marathon has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of courage and determination. 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."
Already in New York were marathoner Meb Keflezighi, who won the race in 2009 and helped stamp Mammoth on the map, along with Deena and Andrew Kastor, along with their toddler, Piper.
John Urdi, the director of Mammoth Lakes Tourism, also was in New York Firday evening when the announcement came down.