Yesterday I posted a note on my blog declaring it a sad day for the NYC Marathon. I think I was unclear.
I was not sad that the race was canceled – that should have been done as soon as the enormity of the damage from Hurricane Sandy became clear. What was also sad to me was that the symbol of the marathon had changed over the course of the week from very positive to very negative. This was entirely the fault of the NYCRRC. If instead of pushing to go on with the race, they had chosen instead to harness their organizational skills to devote their volunteers and their resources to helping the city recover from the crisis and alleviate the suffering in the communities in which they usually run and race, perhaps people would today have a very different feeling about what runners are really all about.
I do believe that by and large we are a caring, giving community. Today, however, it might not seem that way to the average non-running New Yorker. And that’s sad.