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Marathon runners sad, but understand cancellation

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Just days ago New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to continue on with this weekend's New York City marathon. But what a difference a few days makes.

Early Friday afternoon Bloomberg did an about face. He announced that the marathon was canceled in light of the damage from Superstorm Sandy.

Some 40,000 runners from around the world were expected to take part.

With the race scheduled to start in Staten Island, one of the hardest hit areas from the storm, many people thought the idea was just too insensitive.

Many of those runners were already on their way to New York City for Sunday's race, and some had just touched down when they heard the news that the race had been canceled.

As you can imagine that is quite an inconvenience for them.

This is how 30,000 out of towners wanted to spend their Sunday -- running in the New York City marathon.

"I was looking forward to it immensely."

Thomas Kilby was hoping to add a New York City Marathon medal to his collection.

The Scottsdale resident trained for four months.

But because of Sandy, Jet Blue Airlines canceled his flight earlier this week, and Friday he was happy to hear the race was also called off.

"I think it's great for the city, the city can get back to just focusing on people that need help," says Kilby."

Jenny Lyzinski landed in the Big Apple Friday and immediately found out the trip was for nothing.

"Initial reaction, anger. I wanted to cry but I see both sides," she told us by phone.

The Phoenix resident raised $3,000 for a charity, but most of all, she said she wanted to show her support for the city after surviving Sandy.

"NYC has come back from so many things, and when they said this is a race for the city and a race for the people and this was going to be helping the city recover, I really thought that would be the case. I wanted to be here for that," says Lyzinski.

Both Arizonans say they hope to participate next year, and the experience will mean even more.

"Oh I'm sure there'll be tons of tears," says Kilby.

Kilby said that he has been notified by organizers. They said that he'll have automatic entry in next year's race.

However runners will not get their $266 entry refunded, and they'll have to pay it again.

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