NYC – To Go Or Not To Go

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I’ve been watching the situations closely to determine whether I should go or not. This morning, I started to see reports about JFK airport re-opening but traffic still tightly controlled. I see my hotel not affected by the storm and in operation. If my flight Friday morning is not cancelled, should I still go?

It would be an easy decision to cancel the trip, because of obvious reasons. NYC and its surrounding areas, as we all know, sustained devastation from a disastrous storm Sandy and just starting the recovery efforts. Images from media are shocking and heartbreaking, and various agencies are making it their top priority to restore the areas. While neither New York Road Runners (NYRR) nor the NYC Mayor has said the race would be canceled, those images are discouraging in believing the race would be held, at least from this side of the country. If it was held, deploying various agencies and volunteers would shift invaluable and scarce resources away from the recovery efforts and might delay the recovery. A flood of visitors might be the last thing the areas need. If I went, maneuvering the city before and after the race would certainly be difficult. No subway, no mobile phone coverage, few places to eat, etc. I don’t think I would be able to have a good time. With so many unknowns and expected difficulties, why would I go to NYC? Wouldn’t that be a display of selfishness and irresponsibility if I went?

In the past few months, injuries have kept me from training properly, so I won’t be running for a PR or anywhere near it. So, that’s not an incentive to go. I am certainly not a type who must witness a disaster or people’s misfortune. I am not committed to being a volunteer for the recovery efforts that could take weeks. I should be able to get credits back for the flight, and hotel reservation can be canceled. I could defer my race qualification to next year’s race, though I won’t get the registration fee back.

The reasons why I am still considering going are to support the commitment NYRR has made and the resilience New Yorkers are known to have. My New York friend told me, “New Yorkers take pride in being resilient, and I think there is extra commitment to this race as evidence of that resilience.” If that is the case, if my visit and running the race could encourage New Yorkers and contribute to their recovery efforts from an emotional side, I would be happy to go. I know not all New Yorkers will feel the same, and I suspect the famous 2 million plus spectators won’t be there this time. But if what my friend says is true, I’d rather be in NYC than staying home watching CNN. What do you all think?


  • ulrichsblog
    October 31, 2012

    Whatever answer you will find to your question…. my seriorus thougts are with the victims.
    We are Marathon runners, that´s what we do and like.
    I hope you find the right choice.

  • antb10
    November 1, 2012

    Reblogged this on The Sporting Week and commented:
    Great insight into the world and life of a runner

  • mbrsmc27
    November 1, 2012

    A very tough decision, on the one hand, I think seeing a return of some sense of normalcy can be a very healthy distraction. On the other, are you adding to an infrastructure and support system that is already spread paper thin? FWIW, I don’t think there is a “wrong” decision here. In either case, best of luck.

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