NEW YORK -- Race organizers have followed the lead of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and decided to go ahead with the New York Marathon Sunday, despite widespread damage caused by superstorm Sandy, and Portland Olympian Kara Goucher will be taking part.

After several days of flight cancellations nationwide, Goucher wasn't even sure she and her family would make it to New York.

She tweeted Wednesday. The Gouchers are rebooked to head to NYC tomorrow! Fingers crossed that we get there!

But her husband, Adam, told KGW Thursday they had landed in Newark safe and sound.

Many are critical of the race being run when the city's transportation system is still barely working and 600,000 people were still without power in the area. But Mayor Bloomberg said the city's economy depends on events such as the marathon, and it should go on to show the spirit of the city.

If everyone who signed up for the marathon actually participates, there will be 47,000 runners, 8,000 volunteers and countless spectators.

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