Apologies for those who have heard enough about this whole debate, I just can’t help expressing my feelings on the whole thing. The thing is, the NYC Marathon is a race that I dream of running myself. At the same time. I know that if I were signed up to run this year, I would not be running.
I understand that the race could be good for businesses. I also understand that people have trained for months and are coming from all over the world. On the other hand I think that it is completely ridiculous to be handing out water to runners when there are people who are still without running water or electricity. I think that it is incredibly selfish of those people to take up resources from people who really do need it. It is only a race and there are thousands of marathons that go on every year. Run a different one, at a different time. Why should we be handing out water to runners when people who live here don’t have any? Why should police and firefighters, and medical staff be taken away from people who need the help just so that a silly race can go on?
I read a blog earlier who is signed up for the race and will be running, however if the opportunity arrises that he can turn in his spot to donate instead that he would take it. I think that is a good idea. I think that would make the people of NYC a little happier.
I know that the last thing people want to hear is another NYC marathon debate, but my heart is broken and I’m frustrated at people who are more concerned about running a race rather than helping those in need. Who are taking water from people who don’t have any. Who are creating more of a problem when we have more important things to be worried about.
I’m hoping tomorrow to have a more upbeat blog post for you… Stay tuned.