It’s a Marathon, not a sprint
Mayor Bloomberg seems to think that if we don’t hold the New York City Marathon on Sunday then the Hurricane wins. Opposition is growing, and count me among the advocates of postponing. Why the obsession with always pretending that life goes on no matter the tragedy or disaster? Or keeping to previous schedules to show how tough or resilient we are? Sometimes life, and death, happens. It’s fine to mark that, and to allow it to alter the course of things. This was a huge wallop, and healing will take time.
The Syndic of Gotham says the race brings in much-needed cash to the storm-tossed city. Yes, but does everything have to be about business and marketing and the bottom line? Okay, so let the Chamber of Commerce picture this image instead: race volunteers on Staten Island handing out cups of water to runners while residents of the neighborhoods around them are without water to drink. Now there’s the kind of PR the city doesn’t need.
New Yorkers are indeed a tough lot — they are showing that every moment of every day in the race to pick up, buck, up and carry on. Give them a medal, not a marathon.
BREAKING: The Mayor’s office reads dotCommonweal, and within moments of my posting this they called off the Marathon. No word yet on rescheduling. Good for them. And I’ll cheer when they run through next year, or even next week.