Storm Sandy forces New York Marathon cancelation

  • Sunday's New York City marathon has been canceled in the aftermath of super storm Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Friday.

    He said in a statement: "We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it."

    Plans to press ahead with the race had sparked fury from many people in across the city.

    The death toll has risen to 96, with 40 in New York alone, due to the storm that hit the northeastern seaboard on Monday.

    Some 3.5 million homes and businesses still have no electricity.

    Bloomberg went on to say in his statement: "While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division."

    He added: "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."

    It is not yet clear if the race will be rescheduled.