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New York, NY -- The New York City Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, has been canceled.
Marathon organizers said on Tuesday that they were moving ahead with their plans despite Sandy's destruction. Mayor Bloomberg insisted that resources for the marathon wouldn't be diverted from storm victims.
His statement Friday came after mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race, according to the Associated Press.
With people in storm-ravaged areas still shivering without electricity and the death toll in New York City at more than 40, many New Yorkers recoiled at the prospect of police officers being assigned to protect a marathon on Sunday.
"The Mayor hoped to lift spirits and unite the stricken city when he decided to press ahead with this weekend's New York City Marathon."
Instead, the move became a source of strife Friday, with Bloomberg facing an outcry from politicians and ordinary New Yorkers who said this is not the time for a road race.
Residents are said to have been complaining... that holding the event just six days after Superstorm Sandy would be insensitive and tie up precious resources when many people are still suffering."