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
  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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