Even after NYC was devastated in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and thousands are still homeless from the destruction, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the NYC Marathon will go on as planned this Sunday, November 4. We are writing this petition to request the NYC Marathon be postponed, if not cancelled in 2012.
People have lost their children from their arms while fleeing the surges, houses have collapsed, businesses have been destroyed, and loved ones have perished. People don't have shoes to walk the streets, clothes on their backs, gas to get around, or even food. Homes are still underwater. Power isn't even close to being restored and looters have begun to hit the streets. There are homes still to be searched, missing people to be found, hungry people to be feed, children to clothe and families to shelter.
To quote Congressman Michael Grimm, '...We do not have enough cops to stop the looting or help with search and rescue at a time when so many have lost so much. Now is not the time to divert resources to a race.'
To have this race continue as scheduled is disrespectful to the residence of NYC. New York is devastated; we need cops to protect us and all NYC resources to go toward the search, rescue and restoration of our communities. We understand that people have trained for years to run this marathon; however, people have spent their entire lives building what mother-nature took away in a heartbeat. Given that all things being equal, we think the lives of New Yorkers should come first. Seeing the aftermath of this storm, putting business before the basic needs of NYC residence is both insensitive and irrational. You can postpone a marathon, but you cannot postpone searching for people, feeding people or protecting people.
Where are your priorities Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo and NYC Road Runners?
Please sign this petition if you agree the NYC Marathon schedule for November 4, 2012, should be postponed or cancelled.