Well just about to leave our lovely room overlooking Central Park, planning a different three remaining days of our stay. I have to say, that despite disappointment at missing the event, five months training and over ??5,000 spent this is absolutely the right decision. With two young children dead on Statten Island, bodies still being recovered and people without water having to witness thousands of runners throwing gallons of water into the roadside, it would have been morally unforgivable to allow this relatively unimportant event to go ahead.
For me it had all started so well with a flight landing 20 minutes early, no taxi queues at JFK and in Manhattan within one hour of the planes scheduled landing time. A hiccup followed with the discovery our Hilton on 57th was closed due to the dangling crane nearby, but we quickly rolled our four cases a couple of blocks to the Hilton on 54th who instantly fixed us up with an equivalent junior suite to the original hotel booking. Judging by how packed this hotel became in the next 36 hours I think we were very lucky. Loads checking out now, especially the elite athletes.
In this part of NYC, other than the dangling crane and the closed 57th Street and Central Park, you would never know anything had happened. We were about to go to bed at 7pm last night when we heard the news of the cancellation, so we got dressed and went to two or three bars and had a beer or three.
I've been for a cob web clearing, quick 6 mile run in the gym this morning and now I'm off out to enjoy my stay, disappointed but satisfied that the right decision has been made. I can't even complain that they should have made the decision three days earlier, which they should, as we would have come anyhow.
I shall return next year for my nw guaranteed 2013 place, albeit I'm going to have to ay the entry fee again.
My wife saw it on CNN and then the Internet. Seems almost certain our flight is going and with the hotel ok seems the remaining big issues are airport to hotel and hotel to Statten Island. Assuming of course the event itself survives!
Are you also staying at the Hilton New York?