Updated 10/31/2012 06:18 PM
Runners concerned about NYC Marathon plans, Mayor Bloomberg assures race will go on
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WAKE COUNTY, N.C. -- The devastation Sandy leaves behind in New York, leaves runners across the country concerned about making the trip to participate in the annual New York City Marathon, which attracts about 47,000 participants every year.
As of early Wednesday afternoon, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said the race will still happen as scheduled.
In Fuquay-Varina, Claire Lindsay got in a final run to prepare for the race. After training for months in North Carolina, she said it's hard to believe her biggest obstacle will be getting to the starting line in NYC.
"I'm not nervous about the 26 miles, I'm nervous about the logistics," said Lindsay.
Superstorm Sandy leaves many participants concerned about flooding, power outages and the subway closure.
"Police officers and different types of people like that would need to be pulled from recovery efforts to help with a race of this magnitude and is that appropriate at this point, I don't know," said Lindsay.
Participants like Elaine Evans also face the challenge of traveling to the Big Apple.
"Our flight is supposed to go into LaGuardia on Friday, which is under water right now. We're having a lot of anxiety. Do we drive up there," said Evans.
The City of Oaks Marathon in Raleigh is on the same day as the New York Marathon. Organizers added more spots in the Raleigh race so people concerned about going to New York can participate.
"We'd be filled up right now, as of two days ago, if we hadn't increased the cap. So we added a thousand slots in the full marathon," said City of Oaks Marathon Director Ron Wahula.
However, the NYC Marathon is a symbol of the vitality and resiliency for the state. Evans wants to help carry on the tradition.
"We'd like to go up there and we'd like to help get New York kinda back to some normalcy, but also at the same time recognize what they're going through," said Evans.
For Lindsay, a personal record is not the top priority in this race.
"If there's not a race this year, there will be another one next year. So we just hope that everyone can get back on their feet soon," said Lindsay.
NYC race organizers said they're working with New York agency partners and support their efforts. They are open to adjusting race day and race weekend events.