UPDATED 11/02/12: The New York City Marathon has been canceled. According to the New York Road Runners website: "While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division. We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event -- even one as meaningful as this -- to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to help New York City recover from the storm. New York Road Runners will have additional information in the days ahead and we thank you for your dedication to the spirit of this race."
The New York City Marathon will take place this Sunday as scheduled, despite massive destruction and power outages in the city as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Marathon organizers said there will be changes made to the marathon and the events leading up to it, but they are working with city officials to make it happen. "The Marathon has always been a special day for New Yorkers as a symbol of the vitality and resiliency of this City," according to the marathon website. "At every turn, we will be working to ensure that our planning doesn't affect any recovery efforts."
Some international and out-of-state runners are finding it difficult to get to New York City, due to numerous canceled flights and closings at area airports. Even if they can find alternative transportation, some of the city's hotels are without power, so some runners are out of luck with their pre-race accommodations.
New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg reiterated that runners who cannot make it to New York would be guaranteed a spot in next year's marathon. (More details on the NYC marathon website.) For those who were planning to run the race but can't make it, here's list of alternative U.S. marathons taking place in the next couple of weeks.