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November 3, 2012

NYC Marathon off; sports community offers aid to victims

The New York City Marathon is off, and a marathon ride into the city prompted Dwyane Wade to help those still dealing with the horrendous aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the cancellation of the marathon yesterday, just hours after insisting that the race needed to be run Sunday as scheduled to help the city continue recovering from the massive storm. Instead, Bloomberg said the “controversy and division” about whether the race should be run caused the change of plans.

“We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track,” Bloomberg said.

Wade had similar sentiments. After questioning who was assisting the victims of the storm — and why he and the rest of the Miami Heat were even in New York to play the Knicks last night with so many people still facing so many difficulties because of the massive system — Wade said he would give the equivalent of his paycheck from the game to relief efforts.

That gift: Roughly $210,000, before taxes.

“I just felt there were bigger things to be concerned about than us being here to play a basketball game,” Wade said yesterday, one day after the Heat needed nearly three hours for the 6-mile ride from the airport to their hotel.

The lone NFL game in the greater New York region will be played as scheduled tomorrow, when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the New York Giants. The Steelers are planning to fly in for the game tomorrow morning because of a lack of available hotel rooms.

Hotel issues also were going to affect the marathon, and some of those registered to run tomorrow were being urged to donate their rooms to area residents whose homes were either lost or damaged — just so they would have a place to go over the weekend.

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