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Amid outcry to initially host the New York City Marahon just days after superstorm Sandy's aftermath, Mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled the Marathon this morning. Earlier this week, New Yorkers and runners alike complained that going ahead with the 26.2 mile race would be insensitive and tie up crucial city resources. Haf a million of NYC residents are still without ample food, water, and electricity. Supplies from the race, including food, water and generators, will be redeployed to people who need it.
Marathons inspire, unify and bring communities together. However at this time, it is more appropriate that the community is unified and focused on a recovery effort. Having participated and finished the 2007 Los Angeles Marathon, the 2008 San Francisco Half Marathon, and the 2011 San Francisco Half Marathon, I feel empathy for all the runners would were scheduled to run this Sunday. Training for complete a Marathon is a grueling 3-6 month process, and I hope that the runners, especially the first-timers, do not feel that their efforts were in vain.
An estimated 40,000 runners from all around the world were expected to take part in this Sunday's 26.2 mile race. But not all is lost. A charity called Race 2 Recover has been started to allow Marathon runners to donate their hotel rooms to displaced New Yorkers. If you are a runner, instead of canceling your room, please consider donating it.
Please donate to the American Red Cross online or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The 2012 Long Beach International City Bank Marathon and Half Marathon happens this Sunday, October 7. If you live in Southern California, come out to cheer and support the community! If you are participating in the events this weekend, we wish you the best of luck!
It is expected to be a nice 75 degrees. You can still get sunburned, so don't forget to bring plenty of sunscreen and water for hydration.
Start line is at the intersection of Shoreline Drive and Shoreline Village Drive.
6:00am – Bike Tour
6:15am – Early Walker Start (this is only for those who are walking the entire course, they do not get an official time)
6:55am – Wheelchair Division (Push Rim and Hand Crank)
7:00am – Marathon/Half Marathon waves begin
8:30am – Run Forrest Run 5K
For more information, please visit http://runlongbeach.com/