Mayor nixes NYC MarathonNEW YORK (AP) - There will be no New York City Marathon this Sunday.
The race has been canceled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who faced mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race while the region is still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.
Many New Yorkers objected to police officers being assigned to protect a marathon with much of the city still without power following Superstorm Sandy. Bloomberg had pressed ahead with plans run the marathon on schedule, but opposition intensified quickly Friday afternoon from the city controller, Manhattan borough president and sanitation workers as the death toll from the storm rose above 40 in New York.
An estimated 40,000 runners from around the world had been expected to take part in the 26.2-mile event. The race had been scheduled to start in Staten Island, one of the hardest-hit areas by this week's storm.
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