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NYC Marathon still on, as the city recovers from superstorm Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy left New York City flooded and without power. Photo by Terrence Girard/Instagram
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Runners reach the finish line of the 2011 NYC Marathon. This year's marathon is still on, according to officials.  Photo courtesy of NYC Marathon/Facebook
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Dallas runners hoping to show their stuff at the New York City Marathon may not get the chance, thanks to superstorm Sandy, which has left parts of the city flooded following its landfall Monday.

However, race officials are maintaining that the race will go on as scheduled on Sunday, November 4.

There could be trouble for Dallas residents trying to get to NYC, as the city's airports are still shut down, and public transportation is working to recover.

 There could be trouble for Dallas residents trying to get to NYC, as the city's airports are still shut down, and public transportation is working to recover.

It’s unknown when airports will be open again, though some speculation on the marathon’s Facebook page suggests that JFK may be in business on Wednesday. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey website was down Tuesday due to the storm.

The best way to follow news on the airport closure is the Port Authority's Twitter account: @PANYNJ, where they are updating the status of airports including JFK, La Guardia and Newark.

The NYC Marathon averages around 50,000 runners, including 20,000 from outside the country. It brings in an estimated $350 million for the city.

Beyond simply getting to NYC, runners face the obstacle of moving around in a city where public transportation is still recovering and entire neighborhoods are flooded. 

Some hotels have been shut down due to flooding, and some are not expected to be open in time for the race. Of course, there is the moral issue of whether the marathon should take place as the Northeast recovers from a storm that has left at least 39 people dead. 

For more coverage, the NY Daily News has up-to-the minute reports on its website

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