I do not envy the organizers of the New York City Marathon and the decision they had to face this week. But a statement I read by them today isn’t the type of thing that’s going to earn any more of my sympathy.
A quote appeared in a New York Post story, “This is no way to get us up and running,” which focuses on controversial plans by the New York Road Runners Club to move forward with this weekend’s marathon, as the city continues to struggle in the wake of Hurricane Sandy:
“These are our private generators. We are not draining any resources from the city’s plan to recover,” Road Runners spokesman Richard Finn angrily insisted.
Ok, Mr. Finn, but imagine if your organization took those generators, put them toward relief efforts now and then held the marathon in a few weeks, when it will still give the economy a much needed boost and maybe an even better one if more spectators can get to the event, more NYC businesses can reopen and benefit, etc.
Why not do that, NY Road Runners? Having or not having the marathon on its scheduled date might be a tough call for your organization, but statements like this one make me wonder if you’re truly seeing the big picture.
- Backlash against NYC marathon intensifies (twitchy.com)
- RPT-Storm-hit New Yorkers uneasy about decision to hold marathon (uk.reuters.com)
- Are We Really Going To Run This Race? (wsj.com)