Faux Outrage

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced earlier this week that the New York City Marathon will be run as planned this Sunday, even in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  And pretty much everything I have read about the decision has expressed outrage and anger at the decision.

Full disclosure here:  I fancy myself a runner and have completed three marathons (none of them having been the NYC Marathon).  The infrastructure needed in terms of volunteers and police is tremendous when you are talking about the safety of 40,000 runners on a 26.2 mile course, in addition to probably at least three times that number watching.

I understand where the critics of the decision to run the race are coming from.  Recovery from the storm should be the top priority in this situation without a doubt.  But if Mayor Bloomberg is willing to make that call to allow the race to run, he probably has better information than I do, or the people who are outraged do.

On the other hand, I can see things from Mayor Bloomberg’s perspective.  Running the marathon will positively impact the economy of New York City at a time when an infusion of cash is much-needed.

I also have a problem, somewhat, with those who are outraged about the marathon.  My issue with them is that they seem to have no problem with the NFL moving forward with having the Steelers play the Giants Sunday afternoon.  Last time I checked, the Giants played in the New York-metro area, which is the same area that was hit by Hurricane Sandy.  And the same general vicinity as the marathon is scheduled to be run Sunday.

So, where is the outrage over a football game being played?  Doesn’t the stadium and the surrounding area need security and infrastructure?  Or is ok for the NFL to play a football game because they are the NFL?  Personally, I think that if you are outraged over one event being held, you should probably be outraged over the other event being held.  Just because you are too shallow to respect the training and what it takes to prepare for a marathon does not mean that it is ok to casually cast the runners aside.  You simply cannot be on both sides of an issue, period.  Either the focus should solely be on recovery and clean-up efforts and no events held, or life can somewhat start to resume in the area impacted.  Hurricane Sandy caused significant damage to the region and claimed too many lives, but it is ok to let life move on while mourning and honoring the victims of the storm and cleaning up the devastation left behind.

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