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Hurricane Sandy Impacts N.Y. Marathon Schedule, Creates Transportation Issues
Published October 30, 2012
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).