Athletics - New York Marathon organisers upbeat

Organisers of the New York City Marathon are hopeful the race will proceed as planned on Sunday despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

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Large parts of the eastern United States remain without power and transportation in the New York metropolitan area was at a standstill, putting several major sports events in jeopardy as official monitored the clean-up and whether events should continue or be postponed.

"This a very challenging time for the people and city of New York," New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg said in a statement. "The city is rightfully focused on assessment, restoration and recovery.

"The marathon has always been a special day for New Yorkers as a symbol of the vitality and resiliency of this City. NYRR continues to move ahead with its planning and preparation.

"We will keep all options open with regard to making any accommodations and adjustments necessary to race day and race weekend events."

Among those accommodations, Wittenberg said the NYRR had revised its cancellation policy for the 2012 marathon and that runners unable to compete due to the knock-on effects of Sandy would be eligible for the 2013 race.

Logistics could still pose problems with around 20,000 international runners needing to arrive in the US in time for the race, along with a further 30,000 American entrants.

Sandy, which crashed ashore with hurricane-force winds in New Jersey overnight as the biggest storm to hit the country in generations, swamped parts of New York's subway system and Manhattan's Wall Street district, closing financial markets for a second day.

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