Why the Marathon Is the Last Thing New York Needs

New York City Marathoners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 2011 Photograph by Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

The deepest wish of those in a disaster zone is to return to normalcy. We long for the restoration of necessities—water, electricity, transportation—and the resumption of the regular routine. The running of the New York City Marathon in 2001, two months after the 9/11 attacks, became a celebration of the city getting back to business—and pleasure—as usual.

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