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.

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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.

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