Right decision to cancel NYC Marathon?
NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City Marathon has been canceled.
His statement Friday came after mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race.
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.
KGW spoke with Portland marathoner Kara Goucher, who traveled to New York to run the 5K, about the decision.
"The marathon had all the best intentions to boost the economy and to bring hope. But I just think at this time the energy should be diverted elsewhere," said Goucher from New York.
Goucher told KGW she had mixed feelings over whether the race should be run.
"Before I got here I thought the marathon could bring a lot of hope to the city. And even being at the (Marathon) Expo today, I was talking to some people -- a gentleman from Staten Island, a woman from the Bronx whose homes were affected by this storm -- and who weren't going to run. And they came to the Expo and it gave them hope and they were emotional about it that they were going to do this race and it was just going to be really meaningful for them."
Goucher said she also felt empathy for several of her running teammates and others who had trained for months just for this event.
"You know, as an athlete and a marathoner you only get so many chances. And my heart just really goes out for all of the athletes but especially the elites and my teammates who, you know, you train so hard for this moment."
"But at the same time, the race starts in Staten Island -- one of the hardest hit areas, where people are without food and water, they have no power and no heat -- and then we're going to go and start this race there."
"Being here, I've definitely felt a lot of guilt participating in the event," said Goucher. "I just feel like they couldn't win either way, running the race or not running the race."
KGW reporter Pat Dooris contributed to this story.