NYC Marathon victim of Sandy, runners out thousands

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by ZAHID ARAB / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Poll:
Was it the right decision to cancel the New York Marathon?

SEATTLE -- The cancellation of the NYC Marathon will cost Seattle runners thousands. Despite spending money on pricey plane tickets, it was a tough decision for many on whether or not to board a plane to New York.

Linda Collie decided to stay home. Even though she trained for a year and a half for the race, she didn’t feel right going. As Superstorm Sandy slammed the East Coast her first New York Marathon became something she didn't sign up for.

“How could I do celebrate and go to dinner and say give me some champagne when my waiter probably doesn’t even have somewhere to live,” she said.

Collie spent $6,000 on her trip but expects to get a big portion of it refunded.

Adriane Musuneggi decided to go to NYC. The original hotel she booked still doesn’t have power so she found another one last minute for $700 a night. “It was a tough decision for me to come,” she said.

Sandy’s destruction in person doesn’t compare to seeing it on TV in Seattle. “Half of Manhattan is still without power and there’s a scarcity of resources I do feel bad that I’m here,” said Musuneggi.

Collie is disappointed she won’t run her dream race, but is more concerned about the people trying to get back on their feet. “Think about people with no power, no food that’s the bigger picture not us, we’ll still keep running,” she said.

So far, runners are being told they won’t be refunded their $300 race entry fee. Instead, they’ll be guaranteed a spot in next year’s race.
 

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