The New York Marathon has been cancelled.

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Details are scarce as to why the Mayor, who had originally decided to proceed with the event, has changed his mind. The decision to run the race had come under widespread critism in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation just days ago.

The official Twitter account of the Mayor’s office released the following tweet at 4:21 this afternoon:We have decided to cancel the NYC marathon. The New York Road Runners will have additional information in days ahead for participants.”