Anger is rising over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to proceed with the New York City marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Now, some residents are aiming their ire toward the runners who participate in the race:

https://twitter.com/Doctor_Boris/status/264413714181148672

https://twitter.com/brian_carle/status/264407413690626049

https://twitter.com/robradabaugh/status/264394237162962945

https://twitter.com/MelissaH128/status/264402879627014144

We’re sure many of these are empty threats. Nonetheless, this is worrisome. Runners, stay alert.

  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    Another fine decision by the democrat mayor.

  • DB

    Tripping runners isn’t cool, but I understand the ire. Refugees are being asked to leave or being kicked out of hotels in favor of marathon participants. Generators are being rerouted for the race. Roads are being blocked for the race when there are some roads still not cleared of storm debris. It’s shameful. The focus should be on helping people.

    • Realist

      People do realize that the generators are being paid for by NYRR and not by the city, right?

      • bluewaternavy

        People also believe that priorities should be respected. Having 40,000 runners traipsing through a city already crippled and with 40+ dead and hundreds of thousand without heat and light is a pretty f**cked up idea. Those generators could be used where people without power actually NEED power instead of powering the laptop, computers and TV cameras of the media.. does it make sense to block bridges and other roads into a city that has no cross-river subway acces and with vehicular tunnels flooded. Again, priority goes with human life and safety-not a marathon.

        It’s a moot with the Marathon cancelled-but understand also those generators could have been seized under the state of emergency rules.

        As for the NYRR org…they are a bunch of self-important snobs who should have cancelled the race on their own. Screw ’em!

        Bloomberg: A jackass of the worst stripe. He got around term limits that were voted in by New Yorkers-and even with all his money barely won re-election. He had the unmitigated gall to say that no resources were being diverted. Hmmm, cops setting up barricades, cops manning posts on the course, cops diverting traffic and pedestrians away for aforementioned course. EMS taking care of runners, etc.. Hmm, that seems like a diversion of assets best used elsewhere,doesn’t it.

      • bluewaternavy

        People also believe that priorities should be respected. Having 40,000 runners traipsing through a city already crippled and with 40+ dead and hundreds of thousand without heat and light is a pretty f**cked up idea. Those generators could be used where people without power actually NEED power instead of powering the laptop, computers and TV cameras of the media.. does it make sense to block bridges and other roads into a city that has no cross-river subway acces and with vehicular tunnels flooded. Again, priority goes with human life and safety-not a marathon.

        It’s a moot with the Marathon cancelled-but understand also those generators could have been seized under the state of emergency rules.

        As for the NYRR org…they are a bunch of self-important snobs who should have cancelled the race on their own. Screw ’em!

        Bloomberg: A jackass of the worst stripe. He got around term limits that were voted in by New Yorkers-and even with all his money barely won re-election. He had the unmitigated gall to say that no resources were being diverted. Hmmm, cops setting up barricades, cops manning posts on the course, cops diverting traffic and pedestrians away for aforementioned course. EMS taking care of runners, etc.. Hmm, that seems like a diversion of assets best used elsewhere,doesn’t it.

      • bluewaternavy

        People also believe that priorities should be respected. Having 40,000 runners traipsing through a city already crippled and with 40+ dead and hundreds of thousand without heat and light is a pretty f**cked up idea. Those generators could be used where people without power actually NEED power instead of powering the laptop, computers and TV cameras of the media.. does it make sense to block bridges and other roads into a city that has no cross-river subway acces and with vehicular tunnels flooded. Again, priority goes with human life and safety-not a marathon.

        It’s a moot with the Marathon cancelled-but understand also those generators could have been seized under the state of emergency rules.

        As for the NYRR org…they are a bunch of self-important snobs who should have cancelled the race on their own. Screw ’em!

        Bloomberg: A jackass of the worst stripe. He got around term limits that were voted in by New Yorkers-and even with all his money barely won re-election. He had the unmitigated gall to say that no resources were being diverted. Hmmm, cops setting up barricades, cops manning posts on the course, cops diverting traffic and pedestrians away for aforementioned course. EMS taking care of runners, etc.. Hmm, that seems like a diversion of assets best used elsewhere,doesn’t it.

      • bluewaternavy

        People also believe that priorities should be respected. Having 40,000 runners traipsing through a city already crippled and with 40+ dead and hundreds of thousand without heat and light is a pretty f**cked up idea. Those generators could be used where people without power actually NEED power instead of powering the laptop, computers and TV cameras of the media.. does it make sense to block bridges and other roads into a city that has no cross-river subway acces and with vehicular tunnels flooded. Again, priority goes with human life and safety-not a marathon.

        It’s a moot with the Marathon cancelled-but understand also those generators could have been seized under the state of emergency rules.

        As for the NYRR org…they are a bunch of self-important snobs who should have cancelled the race on their own. Screw ’em!

        Bloomberg: A jackass of the worst stripe. He got around term limits that were voted in by New Yorkers-and even with all his money barely won re-election. He had the unmitigated gall to say that no resources were being diverted. Hmmm, cops setting up barricades, cops manning posts on the course, cops diverting traffic and pedestrians away for aforementioned course. EMS taking care of runners, etc.. Hmm, that seems like a diversion of assets best used elsewhere,doesn’t it.

  • danduckworth

    Haiti

  • http://www.closeknitalpacas.com Wren Owens

    Bloomberg meant to uplift & inspire, but it went awry…he needs to recant and apologize, call the marathon OFF and turn the resources ON to the people in need!

  • BossyBlonde

    I’m not pro-tripping runners, but I do not have a problem with people parking their cars on the bridge to block them either. I live here, and we do not want this race. There are displaced people being kicked out of hotel rooms in favor of the runnners who had booked the rooms. We have garbage all over the streets. We can not access NYC unless there are 3 in a car through the Tunnel, yet our bridges will be closed for the marathon. We are out of gas, millions without power/heat. I’m all for showing how strong we are, but there is a limit. We are not asking to cancel it, just to postpone it. I realize that the generators are privately owned, but if you are as interested in relief efforts as you claim, then donate the generators to those who live here without power. I was blessed, I never lost power or anything, and my house did not flood. But too many people I know are not as fortunate and it is a slap in the face to all of us.
    I didn’t appreciate the comments on the other marathon posting saying we should’ve been more prepared, stop asking for a handout etc. Firstly, I’m an avid Romney/Ryan supporter, secondly, we aren’t asking for handouts, we are asking to not have thousands of people trample through are already debilitated city right now. And thirdly, as previously stated, those claiming to want to run for relief efforts, would serve us better by running up and down the buildings with no power/working elevators to the elderly who are alone, without food and water. Not using our NYPD/EMS etc to put up barriers, when we need all the manpower we have to find the MISSING people.
    This post ends with Runners stay alert, and really it should be runners, STAY HOME. Have some respect for the people who live here and honor our wishes. There is a time and a place, and this is not either. Unless you are volunteering to help with clean up, rescue efforts, we do not want you here. I’m sorry, it can be rescheduled.

    • EastValleyConservative

      Unbelievable. I knew about the 3 people bridge/tunnel business (which I think Bloomberg will KEEP), but had no idea they are tossing people out of hotels. This is shameful. The MSM refuses to cover the really bad parts of this story because it would be bad for Obama. Screw that! I have been through what you guys are going through, but not in a major city. And as for people asking for stuff…I think the only ridiculous thing I saw was the people tweeting Cory Booker. Geez.

      • BossyBlonde

        YES they are literally kicking people who lost everything out of hotel rooms to make room for the runners. We have no gas, the few stations that do, the lines are miles long. Where is the gas to fuel these generators coming from? Our NYPD was called to set up barriers today, those same NYPD who have been away from their own families for days, are not instead of looking for missing people, putting up barriers.
        I’m not suggesting the runners be harmed, that’s abhorrent. But we as a city are pleading with them to not show up and to not run.

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          That’s so horrible. How can a Mayor allow this to happen to his city? Allow people who lost their homes to lose their temporary home too? To re-route the police from finding citizens to putting up flimsy barriers?

    • Realist

      I’m pretty sure anyone who parks his car on the bridge is going to get towed. Nice try though.

      • BossyBlonde

        I guess that would depend on just how many cars were parked there.

    • irishgirl91

      I am sorry you are going through this. I think this is waking people up as to the limits of government help. New Yorkers have the reputation of believing that nothing like this could ever happen to them. I hope they now realize that the answer lies with friends,community and family.

      • BossyBlonde

        I disagree with you, as this isn’t about government help. We’re asking for the marathon to be postponed so as to not utilize what resources we currently have. New Yorkers are known for sticking together, we have already mobilized our churches to house some of the displaced, multiple food/clothing drives, and we take care of our own. We do not believe we are immune to disaster as we’ve been through 9/11. On the other hand, we are not used to this type of weather, as evidenced by our subway/mass transit shutdown, and power outages.
        I don’t mean to sound rude, although I realize my tone does not come through my writing. I appreciate the condolences, but would also appreciate not having the entire city labeled as government dependent. (I’m not saying it doesn’t exist, I live here, it most certainly does), but the storm wasn’t partial to anyone’s politics when it wreaked havoc here.

  • EastValleyConservative

    Typical Bloomberg nonsense. He is also finding a way to “never waste a crisis” by implementing a measure in which only cars with three people or more can go on the bridges. Tell me that’s temporary…..ha! About as temporary as a temporary tax. But seriously, these people (while I know angry) should direct it at Nanny Bloomberg, not threaten the runners, regardless of how dim-witted they are for participating. What would be nice to see is the runners show up with supplies and skip the marathon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pjcitro Paul J. Citro

    What a dumb move, Bloomberg like Obummer have NO common sense, people are suffering and it’s lets have a parade.

  • stuckinIL4now

    No need to beat up the marathoners–hungry New Yorkers should just show up at the 80-foot tent that’s hosting the pre-race carb loading dinner on Saturday and eat all their pasta.

  • RDPortland

    What a terribly tone-deaf decision.

  • Jack Deth

    If this isn’t something to make the people seek out someone to run against Blommberg. I don’t know what it would take.

    All runners are going to $26.06 to charities?
    Are you freaking KIDDING me?!!!!!!

    Shut this fiasco down now. Divvy up the generators amongst the boroughs and get these people some HELP!

    Let the media types fend for themselves. There are TONS of Human Interest stories out there!…. Wait… What?… Oh, forget that. Obama’s in the White House and no one can mess up his disastrous reelection resurrection!

  • littleones

    Maybe they could all ‘take a run’ up to the nearest open McDonalds and bring back some food?

  • Adela Wagner

    I hope the New Yorkers line up at their water stations and see if they get turned away. If they do, they should TAKE that water! Make signs “Sandy destroyed my home and all I got was this lousy Marathon”-Thanks Mayor.

  • ceemack

    New Yorkers: do NOT trip the runners.

    DO steal the yogurt and bananas from the finish line.

  • Kevin Krom

    Attacking the runners — or even threatening to — is out of bounds. But this race should not happen (or, more to the point, should be delayed). There is too much recovery work to be done, and not only is it a distraction, but it’s getting in the way.

    Also, it’s likely some nut isn’t just venting on Twitter and is actually planning on doing some real damage. For everyone’s safety, this race should be postponed.

  • traffic_robot

    As a marathoner, I already have reservations about ever doing this race, only because it is a logistical PITA, not to mention the challenge of even getting entry into the race. Racing through NYC boroughs post-Sandy doesn’t sound appealing AT ALL as a runner. It sounds like they are offering guaranteed entries for registered runners who choose to not run this year (who get the privilege of paying the same insane fee all over again) and participants in the cancelled 5k this weekend don’t ever get to see their money again. I swear, the NY RR club already acts like their you-know-what doesn’t stink, and frankly, this doesn’t help their image in my eyes. They are trying to brand it as a Run for Recovery, but seriously, let’s be honest. It’s one of the most expensive places to live in the world. I think they can rebuild.

    It’s not a decision I’d ever want to make as a race director, because this race really is a big deal among the runners. The Mayor claims it won’t divert resources, and hopefully he can keep that promise. Maybe it’s just a NYC thing, where the elite just think they know it all. I’d rather race something local.

  • garygramscom

    Hey NY…. you get who you vote for.

  • Jim Denney

    Anybody interfering with the marathon will be forever banned from having a “Big Gulp” … oh wait.

  • brianmouland

    Misplaced outrage

  • ewelarry

    I will bet the average runner will contribute $750.00 to NYC just by running. Consider the number who fly, stay in hotels, eat out, have paid to run ($80.00?), buy souvenirs, etc., and will be penalized by the airlines if they don’t honor these reservations. NYC needs money and these people will spend. The run will also be broadcast and that helps promote NYC. If some bastard threw garbage at me, he better be a faster runner.

    • frenchexit81

      “paid to run ($80.00)?”

      $260.

      Not that the entry fee amount really changes anything.

  • Salmon Diego

    Disasters are the real tests of leadership.

    Rudy Guilani and Bobby Jindal are examples of politicians that stepped up to the challenge.

    Bloomberg = Fail. Diverting food, supplies, and manpower to a marathon when your city has been crushed by a hurricane? He’s unfit for office–period. They should start the procedures to remove him now, before he does anymore damage.

    And by the way, where is President Obama? In Las Vegas–again (the same place he went the day after the embassy attacks) raising money for his reelection. Sometimes you’ve got to just do your job and damn the consequences. The president’s job is at the moment is making sure the federal government’s disaster relief programs are working as quickly as possible.

    President Obama: quit campaigning; quite worrying about yourself and your future; start doing your job.

  • kch50428

    Reuters tweets NBC news says the marathon in cancelled.

  • Peyton

    Granted the fact that they had still planned to go on with the marathon is stupid, but threatening to trip or kill the runners is just ridiculous.

  • Donna Jackson

    It might be a bit extreme to do bodily harm to the runners, but they have to be as liberal as the mayor. Who in their right mind would want to fly to NY and start a run in SI, where they have to run through people that are cold and hungry? They are all thinking of themselves. The runners are no better for even thinking about it.

  • Back 4 More

    For all of the blustering, New Yorkers will put a Bloomberg clone in office in the next election. This is what you asked for, now you’ve got it.

  • franklin

    How many of you whining people care about the thousands of homeless on the streets of NY EVERY DAY? You’re crying because you have no power or a warm place to sleep yet on your way to work every day you avert your eyes from a homeless person. How’s it feel? Hypocrites. Do the homeless line up to throw shit at you and trip you on your way to Starbucks?

  • Laura

    Unbelievable. With all that is going on in NY and NJ we are having a Marathon. Whhere are the priorities? I’ll be out there booing along with everyone else. And to add insult to injury they are setting up generators in Central Park for this sh-t! Those generators should powering homes or gas stations!

  • 0bamao

    Retards and Libtards… NYC finest.

  • 0bamao

    Retards and Libtards… NYC finest.

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    Just boo/yell at them, people, don’t actually physically harm them. Or maybe even better, write a professional but pointed letter to Nanny Bloomberg instead of booing/yelling at the runners.

    Bloomberg should be helping the victims of the hurricane first and foremost instead of having this idiotic race.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maryannville Mary Ann Kowalczyk

    Ok, for everyone who thinks the marathoners are HORRIBLE TERRIBLE people for wanting to run a marathon they registered for, check out this article…. many marathoners came together to help people… still running multiple miles and running up many floors helping anyone they could… http://www.apnews.com/ap/db_6776/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=oanMLw3b
    Thanks to all the marathoners who helped as much as they could :)