I booked my hotel (the Courtyard New York Manhattan Fifth Avenue) through the ING (the marathon organizers) travel agency. It wasn’t cheap. Some people had saved up vacation time for this. I’d booked two nights there, and then Friday we were told the marathon was cancelled! I have one marathon left in me and I’d wanted it to be this one as I've never done it. I doubt I’ll be able to get a refund on the room or be able to change my flight, so my plan right now is to have pizza and beer. I've deprived myself of both for eight months.
Jennifer Murphy, San Francisco
I’d originally planned to come to New York and stay with friends, but they had no water and electricity, so I started looking for hotels. So many had a waiting list. I was able to book the Andaz 5th Avenue for Friday through Sunday. But I did ask them, “Do you need the room?” I could easily have a found a couch to sleep on.
This is not my first marathon, so maybe I’m not as upset as other people are. I mean, how can you be compared to what other people are going through? I am disappointed because the mayor could have cancelled earlier and given people time to cancel their hotel and flight plans. I do think the fee (which ranges from $216 to $347) that marathon participants had to pay New York Road Runners should be donated to the New York victims. Even I was a little hesitant about doing this race. I wondered 'how am I going to feel if people are booing me while I was running?'
My friends and I decided we’re in great shape, we’ll just find another race to do! So my agenda is to have pasta, lots of wine, and be with a lot of good friends.”
HotelChatter Note: Race2recoverNYC is helping runners donate their hotel rooms to those who are still displaced by Hurricane Sandy and need help.
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