New York Marathon Scheduled To Go On

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that the New York City Marathon will go on Sunday, as planned. That decision has sparked some criticism.

Copyright © 2012 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.


Some people like to relieve their stress by running their brains out. People in New York have that opportunity on Sunday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the New York City marathon will go on. It turns out, though, the race itself is causing stress. Some New Yorkers complain about pulling police and other responders away from recovery efforts to work on the race, especially in hard-hit areas like Staten Island, where the marathon begins.

On the New York Road Runners Facebook page, one commenter called it "a harebrained, self-serving act of idiocy," unquote. But marathon organizers say they'll donate at least $1 million to relief efforts.

Copyright © 2012 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.