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New York Marathon still on for Sunday despite Sandy's fury

6:10 PM, Oct 30, 2012   |    comments
Leaders in the 2011 NYC Marathon cross the Pulaski Bridge into Queens on Nov. 6, 2011 (AP)
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NEW YORK -- Organizers for Sunday's New York Marathon say the race is still going off as planned despite closures and flooding around the city.

New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg released a statement Tuesday, calling it a "very challenging" time for the people and city of New York.

"The City is rightfully focused on assessment, restoration and recovery. At NYRR, we stand with our City agency partners and support their efforts," the statement said.

"The Marathon has always been a special day for New Yorkers as a symbol of the vitality and resiliency of this City. NYRR continues to move ahead with its planning and preparation. We will keep all options open with regard to making any accommodations and adjustments necessary to race day and race weekend events."

A major logistical concern remains getting thousands of runners to the race's start. Massive flooding has shut down subway and ferry stations.

(USA Today)

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