Should the New York Marathon be held this year?

The Mayor of New York City says holding the marathon will show the city’s ability to go on about hard times. But the NY Times notes that, “Critics of the plan to hold the marathon also say that diverting the police and fire crews to perform marathon duties is a misuse of precious public services.”

Thousands or runners are scheduled to compete this Sunday.

I am training for my first marathon. But, let’s say my marathon was the New York marathon scheduled for Sunday. Would I go? Should this marathon even be happening in the first place after Hurricane Sandy?

I’m not sure I would go. To me it would feel strange to have the paramedics, firefighters, police and volunteers who have been working all week for the Hurricane Sandy recovery… to then be there providing safety for the marathon.

On a broader scale, though, other major sporting events on the east coast will go on. The Steelers are playing the Giants. And the Miami Heat are scheduled to play the Knicks. Should these events be happening?

According to Espn: Miami’s Dwyane Wadedoesn’t think the teams should play Friday. “We shouldn’t B hre 2 play a basketball game when theirs so many families obviously still R affected by #Sandy,” Wade tweeted. “I luv playing in the garden but cnt do nothing but think abt all the families that dont have power,food,water etc..ths is a tragic hit 4 ths gr8 city,”

If you were a marathon runner registered in the New York City marathon, would you still compete? If you ARE a runner registered in the New York City marathon, are you still competing? What are your thoughts?

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