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New York City Marathon canceled

The race could have been held. The 26.2-mile course was clear from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Central Park, where the finish line had been painted in the traditional blue and orange. The elite runners had arrived and were ready to answer the gun on Sunday morning and nearly 50,000 recreational runners were expected to join them.

But as opposition from politicians, citizens, and even runners themselves continued to build late Friday afternoon, City Hall and event organizers concluded that the New York City Marathon, which had been staged annually since 1970, should not be held while the metropolitan area still was struggling to come back to life after Monday’s watery devastation by Hurricane Sandy.

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