New York's massive annual marathon was canceled late Friday, another casualty of superstorm Sandy's devastating cut through the region. Expected to be a major tourist attraction drawing visitors from around the world and already host to 223 German Runners, the world famous marathon is not scheduled to occur this year.
American Tours International, one of the official tour operators for the New York Marathon, said it was working with 223 German runners over the weekend who were in New York for the race, which ended up being canceled late Friday.
ATI said that about 60 to 70 of the initial 300 runners who had booked with the inbound tour operator canceled after news of Hurricane Sandy and its devastating effects on the city. But the remaining runners flew into the city last week only to receive news that the race had been canceled.
"Basically, they're very disappointed," said Lisa Camardella, vice president of ATI East, which dealt only with runners from Germany. "It's an international event. The people arrived and spent a lot of money on hotels and to register. ... This is something that people prepare for years in advance. They weren't very happy."