NFL Making Pro Bowl "Autism Friendly" Super Bowl Ticket Sales Lower Than In Years Past Race Of Champions Draws Light Crowd Grand Slam Tennis Gets Fans Access At Events Baseball HOF Expecting Another Large Crowd Squash Execs Buoyed By N.Y. Event Attendance College Baseball Raising ALS Awareness At Fenway Australian Open Deals With Heavy Crowds Marlins Park Transforms Into Racetrack Goodell To Attend NFC Title Game, Skip Foxboro
SBD/October 30, 2012/Events and Attractions
Hurricane Sandy Impacts N.Y. Marathon Schedule, Creates Transportation Issues
Published October 30, 2012
WANT MORE GREAT STORIES LIKE THIS?
CLICK ON ONE OF THESE BUTTONS
TRANSPORTATION ISSUES: USA TODAY’s Kelly Whiteside writes a “major logistical concern” of the race remains getting its “18,000-20,000 international runners into the city, given the airport shutdowns.” United Airlines, one of the marathon's corporate partners, is “helping rebook elite athletes.” The race's cancellation policy also is “being altered in light of the travel difficulties.” In addition, flooding at the ferry stations is “being monitored -- half of the field is taken by ferries to the race’s start.” Wittenberg: “Contingency planning is always part of our mode of operation. We have the room in the schedule” (USA TODAY, 10/30). In New Jersey, Tom Gulitti notes race officials last year had to “clean up after a snowstorm eight days before the race” and Hurricane Sandy “will create a bigger challenge.” Wittenberg: "We're extraordinarily lucky the marathon is not today” (Bergen RECORD, 10/30). The AP's Rachel Cohen noted if “flooding or other damage affects the course or logistics, NYRR has contingency plans every year to adjust to any potential problems.” The race’s route through the five boroughs “mostly avoids areas considered at highest risk for flooding.” The “biggest concerns center on getting entrants their numbers and to the starting line on Staten Island.” The storm also “could knock down trees and limbs in Central Park, where the 26.2-mile race finishes.” Wittenberg said that the city was “able to clear the park in time for last year's race a week after a freak snowstorm caused extensive damage” (AP, 10/29).