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Jacksonville runner who was to run in New York City Marathon agrees with cancellation

10:09 PM, Nov 2, 2012   |    comments
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NEW YORK CITY -- The New York City Marathon has been cancelled.

A number of local runners were slated to compete in the race, including one man from Jacksonville who hadn't yet left.

Jonathon Oliff was packed and ready to run the New York City Marathon, until Sandy hit.

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"Runners are a pretty charitable, supportive group," he said.

Thousands of runners argued the generators, water, and hotel rooms used for the marathon could be better served helping victims of Sandy.

He's run the race every year since 2007, but in the wake of Sandy, he agrees that it should be canceled.

"When there are people who don't have power, or heat, and whose homes have been devastated, I can understand why it might not be appropriate to have the race," he said.

Now the resources slated for the Marathon may be used to help people in need.

"Certainly if there are resources that could be better used somewhere else, I think it's appropriate to cancel it," he said.

Race organizers have not yet announced when it might be rescheduled.

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