NY Post: ‘Abuse of Power’ for marathon’s media tent to get electricity

New York Post
It’s shocking! The media tent at this weekend’s New York City Marathon is being powered by “two massive generators… being run 24/7 in Central Park,” reports the New York Post. “And a third ‘backup’ unit sits idle, in case one of the generators fails.”

After a quick explanation about how the government could legally seize the generators and redistribute them to storm-damaged neighborhoods still without power, the Post reports they’ve been paid for by the New York Road Runners Club, which operates the marathon. “These are our private generators. We are not draining any resources from the city’s plan to recover,” New York Road Runners spokesperson Richard Finn “angrily insisted” to the paper.

The decision to stage the marathon has generated (sorry) a tremendous amount of criticism. It will take place Sunday despite a reduced schedule of pre-race events.

The tent will also “be used by runners carbo-loading during a pre-race pasta dinner tomorrow,” the Post reports.

Courtesy the Newseum

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  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.turner.946954 Steve Turner

    good for you,,,,,,,,imagine if the 40,000 runners were out there helping others……….

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.turner.946954 Steve Turner

    bravo for you………………you deserve the gold in my mind

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.turner.946954 Steve Turner

    you are correct but it does manifest the kind of people who would follow through with such an event under such circumstances………runners and politicians alike!

  • http://twitter.com/ThatShitCray90 Brian Fuller

    good man

  • http://www.facebook.com/roni.scheidler Roni Scheidler

    I am a runner who flew in from Salt Lake City on Thursday. I sat next to a lady who was returning to a devastated home on Long Island. The coverage in the West did not prepare me for the devastation I saw as I turned on the local news and heard the pleading in people’s voice. I cannot run or support this marathon in good conscience! Come on Mary Wittenberg and Michael Bloomberg, come on!

  • Anonymous

    The comments by those involved in the race including the runners are unbelievable. This race is the height of self- absorption. People driven out of their homes by the storm areare now being kicked out of hotels to make room for the those associated with the race. Elitist Blomberg and the Road Runners group are giving NYC a black eye it doesn’t deserve.

  • http://twitter.com/ohnostudio Libby Stack

    It’s another very sad story of the Haves and Hane Nots. Personally I’m very disappointed in city government in allowing the race to be run. Some will argue that an event like this cements a community. Right now, I call BS on this. Use the time you would have spent on race day to help some people in real need. For pete’s sake, people in Conley Island who live in the apartments there are defecating in hallways.Helping people get back some respectable standard of living is a priority. A marathon is not. But money talks, that is the problem,

    Even if you’re poor, if you pay your rent, you at least deserve a toilet. And I’m sure a few of them would love to be able to carboload too.