NYRR Bending to the Force of Hurricane Sandy, by Toni Reavis, note by Larry Eder

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Here is a column from Toni Reavis sent just before the Hurricane hit New Jersey and New York City. Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends, family and fellow Americans along the Mid-Atlantic. 

Delmarva is important to me, having lived in Wilmington, Delaware area in 1987-1988, and Allentown, Pennsylvania enivrons from 1985-1988. I actually lived in Newark, Delaware and our summer weekends were spent on the Eastern shore of Maryland and in the Baltimore harbor. 

I would like to suggest that anyone who wants to help send a $10 donation to the RedCross via www.redcross.org

NYRR BENDING TO THE FORCE OF HURRICANE SANDY

by Toni Reavis

Hurricane Sandy Roars Ashore

Hurricane Sandy is pummeling the eastern seaboard of the United States with a storm whose scope has little to no precedence in modern times.  A population base of over 50 million is and will be directly effected, including the modest thousands who have signed on to this coming weekend's ING New York City Marathon.

Whether this storm is yet another in a long line of evidentiary notices indicating a shift in global weather patterns is of little concern amidst the lashing currently at hand.

In any regard, the New York Road Runners, host of the NYC Marathon, has begun to reconfigure their schedule for this marathon week in light of Sandy's dire presence.  This message was just received:

We want to alert you of changes to the ING New York City Marathon Race Week Media Events Schedule due to the weather. Below are a few important changes, but please stay tuned as changes are very fluid. We thank you for your understanding, and look forward to seeing you this week!

·         Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30, our media session and credential distribution is cancelled.

·         Media credential distribution will resume on Wednesday, October 31  at the accreditation trailer (Central Park West at 69th Street). **Location subject to change

·         Wednesday's media session will be held at the (New York) Hilton. This space will also be a functioning workroom for media. (1335 Avenue of the Americas/West 53rd-West 54th Streets, Concourse C down one level from the lobby)

·         We are hoping to return to the ING New York City Marathon Media Center at West Drive and 67th Street inside Central Park beginning on Thursday, November 1.

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The marathon, even in the best of conditions, is a test of our human capacity to persevere and overcome built-in limitations.  The very same is true for those organizations tasked with staging the events.  That those who sign up to run these civic extravaganzas are ushered to and through the many miles and kilometers not originally meant to be covered on foot en masse safely is a glowing testament to the men and women whose charge it is to create the illusion of normalcy in the face of overwhelming technical challenges.

Add in a freak nor'easter storm like the one experienced in Boston the weekend of the marathon in 2007, or the heat wave in Boston last year or experienced by Chicago in 2007, and the strain on organizers and city services becomes all but inconceivable.

Last year New York had a close call with a Halloween nor'easter that wreaked havoc in Central Park the Monday before the race.  But under the current circumstances, that storm seems little more than a Halloween display compared to the full fright show Sandy is staging.

More as the story develops...

 

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