NYC Marathon unsure how runners get to start line

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The New York City Marathon is still unsure how it will get its runners to the starting line Sunday, yet another obstacle in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

A day after New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said ferries would again take some entrants to the start on Staten Island, marathon organizers said they might not be used.

Wittenberg had said final transportation plans would be announced Friday morning. Those plans now may not come until Saturday.

After Sandy devastated the New York area, organizers initially decided to use only buses to get runners to the start. But Wittenberg said Thursday that the city wanted to use ferries.

The ferry resumed service Friday.

City and race officials have faced criticism for not canceling or postponing the marathon. But sponsor Asics calls holding the event "a true symbol of the city's strength and determination."


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