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New York City Marathon 2012: Under pressure, city cancels race

The 2012 New York City Marathon has been postponed. The race was originally going to be run despite the after-effects of Superstorm Sandy, but mounting opposition has caused the city to reverse its decision.

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Mayor Bloomberg comments on marathon cancellation

The city of New York has decided to cancel the 2012 NYC Marathon, and mayor Michael Bloomberg released a statement on the decision on Friday evening.

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NYC Marathon cancellation draws positive reaction

The overwhelming consensus is positive in regards to the New York Marathon being canceled.

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NY Marathon has been canceled

The New York City Marathon will not be run on Sunday in the wake of devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the mayor's office has announced. Race officials met Friday to discuss the pros and cons of holding event, and have decided against holding the race's 2012 edition.

Controversy has surrounded the previous decision to hold the race as planned, as New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday the race would "go on". That declaration received plenty of criticism, with New York nowhere close to normal as it deals with the aftermath of flooding and power outages. Areas of the city are still without power and the mass transit system has sustained crippling damage.

Bloomberg has previously stated that holding the race was important to the citizens of New York, but changed his tone on Friday. The mayor said he didn't want a "cloud to hang over the race or the participants," according to Emily Steel of the Financial Times.

The race was expected to draw 47,000 participants, along with over two million spectators.

This story originally appeared on SBNation.com.

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NYC Marathon decision draws negative reaction

Reaction to the decision by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to go ahead with the New York City Marathon.

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Decision to hold marathon causes controversy in NY

The decision to go ahead with the race as scheduled has been met with criticism by some.

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NYC Marathon will go on as scheduled this Sunday

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday that the NYC Marathon "will go on" Sunday as planned.

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