Inspiring or inappropriate? New Yorkers and runners from around the world debated whether a marathon should be run with disaster for a backdrop.
Marathon organizers had been moving forward with planning but awaited final word from the city about whether holding the race would be safe and viable with flooding, power outages and transit shutdowns still afflicting the five boroughs.
By then it will still be less than three months since the Olympic race.
Race director Mary Wittenberg says a 93,000 people applied to the lottery and winners were announced today near Columbus Circle.
The reigning New York City Marathon champion boarded a plane to come defend his title, and another passenger asked, “Are you Meb Keflezighi?”
Kenyan stars Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot and Martin Lel have pulled out of next month’s New York City Marathon because of leg injuries.