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New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg holds a news conference to announce the cancellation of the 43rd New York Marathon in New York on Nov. 2, 2012. Organizers, police and even athletes called Friday's cancelation of the New York Marathon the correct decision in the wake of the devastation caused by killer superstorm Sandy.

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Marathon runner Brighid Lane sits with luggage as she waits to enter the East Village apartment she was set to stay in for the NYC Marathon weekend on Nov. 2, 2012 in New York City.

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Workers clear a downed tree blocking East 96th street in Central Park the morning after Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 30, 2012 in New York City.


The New York City Marathon has been canceled, though reports indicate it may be rescheduled for a later date.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the announcement.

The announcement came as power came back on in many parts of lower Manhattan. This follows public pressure to cancel the event and mounting criticism that it was scheduled to go on.

The marathon has been held every year since 1970 — including in 2001, two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

With people in storm-ravaged areas still shivering without electricity and the death toll in New York City at more than 40, many New Yorkers recoiled at the prospect of police officers being assigned to protect a marathon on Sunday.

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