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Adam Geller,Meghan Barr, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The New York City Marathon was cancelled Friday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg after mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race. About 40,000 runners from around the world had been expected to take part in the 26.2-mile event, but many New Yorkers recoiled at the prospect of exhausted police officers being assigned to protect it.

The race had been scheduled to start Sunday in Staten Island, one of the hardest-hit areas by this week's storm.

"We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it," the mayor said in a statement.