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As we learned late Friday afternoon, the NYC Marathon was officially cancelled by Mayor Bloomberg and New York Road Runners after tons of controversy. This decision was celebrated by many local residents, but made more than a few thousand runners, especially those who had flown in from far distances and booked hotels, especially upset. And then there were some who were fine with the decision, despite the expense. Here are two accounts from two would-be competitors and a information on an organization that will help runners donate their unused rooms to those in need.
David Noyes, Buffalo NY
What aggravates me is that the mayor could have cancelled this on Wednesday when he was on television. That would have been fine because no one was here yet! Runners weren’t trying to be insensitive, but when the mayor gets on television and tells you that things are going forward and you don’t live in the area, you tend to believe that he knows what’s best. I understand the controversy, but a lot of us had a lot invested in this, too. I was being sponsored and had raised $3,000 in charitable funds for a children’s hospital in Kenya. I spent six-months getting sponsors and now don't know what to do. People have raised over $35 million for charity. So, it wasn’t just “a race”.
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The Marriott admits they asked Hurricane Sandy guests to make way for marathoners
The 43rd New York City Marathon
is was scheduled for Sunday, but it’s now been cancelled. The news was leaked Friday afternoon by Charlie Rose who Tweeted the decision from an interview with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. That tweet was soon taken down, but the news had already spread over the internet like wildfire within minutes and a release was quickly put up on the New York Road Runners' website.
It’s no coincidence the decision corresponded with the huge uproar and resulting petition to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York Road Runners to shut down or postpone the race. Many questioned having a New York marathon when Hurricane Sandy's downed power lines, messy mass transit, damaged and destroyed homes and businesses, plus a mounting death toll seemed more of a priority for the city.
Add insult to injury—some New York hotels had asked guests to vacate their rooms in favor of in-coming marathoners.. People who had been using hotel rooms as temporary refuge were facing eviction.
Have you ever seen such a stunning hotel? Okay okaywe've seen better, but can you deny that the evening lighting on a modernist building such as Portland, Oregon's Hotel Fifty really brings out the magic of the architecture?
The updated propertywhich boasts amenities like Free WiFi and Simmons Beautyrest mattresses (oh, fancy), is not in the Pearl District as you'd first think, but instead right down along the Willamette River and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Now here's why we're bringing it up now: if you're planning on watching or running the Portland Marathon on October 9 or heading to the Portland Pirate Festival which falls just after the marathon, you've got to scout hotels like now.
Sadly they're already all booked up the night of the 8th (but keep calling). Want to crash for the night of the 9th, though? Rates are very manageable starting from $139 per night.
It’s a bit of a niche offer, this one, but if you happen to be running the London Marathon this Sunday, there’s a sweet deal going down at Park Plaza hotels for your recuperation period.
Bring your medal (wot, you have to finish it?) to the spa at PPs Baker Street, Victoria or County Hall, and they’ll knock 20 percent off a sports massage or a ‘destress muscle release’ massage, meaning you can get 30 minutes for £28 or an hour for £52 (and less than £1 a minute by London rates is pretty good).
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Next weekend is a big weekend in New York. Not only is it Halloween but it's also The New York Marathon which will be held on Sunday, November 1st.
If you're in town for costumes, candy, tricks and the Halloween parade, 70 Park Avenue, a Kimpton Hotel, is offering a special Drop Dead Rate. Guests will get "trick or treat" buckets of candy, two cocktails at the silverleaf tavern and a map of the Greenwich Village Halloween Day parade route. On Halloween day, the hotel will also host a pumpkin carving competition with the staff. Use code DDR to book. We found rates for next weekend starting at $237 a night for a queen deluxe room.
If you're in town for the marathon, the W Hotels of New York is offering a package to honor the runners. Rates vary from property to property but start at $379 a night. The package includes a Wonderful room accommodation, Power Bars, two bottles of water and the all-important Bliss Foot Patrol lotion. Go to W Hotels to book. (It's under Special Offers.)
[Photo: the junes]
Some people go on vacation to shop or relax by the pool. Some people go on vacation to run insanely up the stairs of their 73-storey hotel. And if you're staying at the Swissotel Stamford in Singapore in late November, you're likely to encounter some of the second type.
On Sunday November 22, at the much-too-early time of 7.00am, a bunch of people will begin the Swissotel Vertical Marathon 2009. This involves getting up to the top of the hotel the fastest, except taking the elevator doesn't count. The Men's Open and Women's Open champions will both win trips to New York – but not just to sightsee, they'll then compete in the similarly crazy Empire State Building Run-Up.
The London Marathon is happening on Sunday. Usually we'd be yawning by now, but it just so happens that two hotels have some rather nice packages available for us to do it up in style, should we choose to lace up our trainers.
The Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge (let's hope they've called in the decorators since the last time we visited it) is encouraging us to carb up by offering all you can eat pasta at its Le Metro Brasserie the night before, and helping us wind down with a complimentary 90 minute massage at Urban Retreat in Harrods post-marathon. It costs £260 for one person, or £365 for two (although you'll only get one massage). It's only on this Saturday night, and you can book it by calling +44 207 591 1200 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, City hotel Threadneedles is offering a pasta dinner (not unlimited, but it should be good the head chef is a fellow runner), accommodation in a luxury room, a "goody bag" filled with energy drinks, bananas, nuts and chocolate, and, subject to availability, a late checkout. It's the avoidance of the return journey caked in sweat which sells that one for us. And it's cheaper costing from £195. To book, call +44 207 657 8080 and quote your marathon number. Just in case you were thinking of cheating.
Planning on running your butt off in the Chicago Marathon on October 12 and still looking for a good hotel deal? If you have proof of race registration, then The James Hotel may just be what the (foot) doctor ordered.
During race weekend, runners who stay at The James and clue the concierge in to their participation will receive complimentary "Congrats" amenities. If free goodies like Aveda foot relief cream, Smart Water, Advil, bandages, ice baths on request (!) and a Vitamin Water cocktail don't soothe your sore muscles, then perhaps you should check out the VIP runners-only stretch room.
While Chicago gears up for its annual marathon on Sunday, October 12, a little something more personal is going on at Avenue Hotel, the city's newest property on the Magnificent Mile.
Not only is the Avenue Hotel offering up a "Marathon Package" starting at $279 a night (including a power breakfast and late checkout), but one of Avenue's own will be representing the hotel in the actual 26.2-mile marathon. According to the release, "Avenue Hotel's Assistant Controller Pablo Merchan will be running the Chicago Marathon for the first time this year, and provided partial inspiration for the package." Good luck Pablo!