It may have taken too long for anyone’s liking, but it looks like Mayor Bloomberg finally came to his senses and cancelled New York City’s marathon, scheduled to take place this Sunday in the hurricane-ravaged city.
And guess what? His office announced it via Twitter.
After mounting criticism from pretty much everywhere and everyone, including folks scheduled to run in the marathon, New York City’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, finally gave in and nixed the event, with his office announcing the decision on Twitter:
ABC News reports that “the race had been scheduled to start in Staten Island, one of the hardest-hit areas by this week’s storm.”
“We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it,” the mayor said in a statement. “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.”[Though,] He still insisted that holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, but understood the level of friction.
Are you happy it’s canceled? And do you think social media played a significant role in exerting pressure to cancel it?
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