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On your marks... Mayor says NYC Marathon to go on in wake of Sandy

Organisers say the race can be an inspiration to New Yorkers and benefit businesses that have lost money because of the storm.

Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon last year.
Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon last year.
Image: JASON DECROW/AP/Press Association Images

MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG says the NYC Marathon will go on as planned on Sunday after Superstorm Sandy devastated the city.

Marathon organisers 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.

New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said Wednesday that organisers were preparing to use more private contractors than past years to reduce the strain on city services. Wittenberg insists the race can be an inspiration to New Yorkers and benefit businesses that have lost money because of the storm.

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