New York City Marathon Will Go on Despite Damage From Hurricane Sandy

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06:  A generial view of the finish line of the 42nd ING New York City Marathon on November 6, 2011 in New York City  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Although hurricanes can do a lot of physical damage, they cannot break people's spirit.

The New York City Marathon, which is scheduled for Sunday, November 4, will continue as planned despite the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy earlier in the week.

This was first reported by the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Twitter:

Mayor: the New York City Marathon will go on. #Sandy

— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) October 31, 2012

According to the marathon's official website, the event draws from more than 100,000 applicants every year. It usually has over two million spectators on the course as well as 315 million worldwide viewers on television.

Because of its great scenery and local support, Runner's World named this event the top marathon in the United States and the third-best in the world. 

Fortunately, it will go on as scheduled to help participants and fans alike get back to their normal lives after the devastation that took place on Monday.

Hurricane Sandy caused massive amounts of damage all along the East Coast, but New York and New Jersey received a large extent of the destruction. Millions of people were left without power, while some were left without homes due to flooding and fires. 

Hopefully, the New York City Marathon will be at least one positive event that occurs in the area during this tragic week.