By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that the New York City Marathon has been canceled due to the outcry from residents affected by Hurricane Sandy, CBS reports.
"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," Bloomberg said in a statement. "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. "
Though the Mayor had previously insisted the marathon would pull New Yorkers together, many New Yorkers had expressed outrage that the race would take up valuable resources even as bodies were being pulled from the wreckage.