Colorado runners in NYC Marathon react to cancellation of race due to storm

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Friday's cancellation of the New York City Marathon affects a number of Colorado runners, some of whom have already arrived in the Big Apple.

"I think a little annoyed is a good way to put it, yeah," said Ryan Kircher from his Brooklyn hotel room. "But I understand. It's a hard decision to make."

When Hurricane Sandy hit earlier in the week, many believed the city might be ready to host the annual race by this weekend.

"Initially people thought that by this weekend things would be back to pretty much normal," said Dave Ward, a Coloradan with New Jersey roots.

Instead, New York City continues to reel from the disaster and mounting criticism of marathon organizers had some local athletes looking for a way out.

"I feel lucky that New York and the New York City Marathon made the decision for me because I think it would have been really hard to stay on the start line and feel good about what I was about to do knowing other people really need the help," said John Franzen, who was set to fly to New York on Saturday.

Charles Scheibe backed out of the race earlier this week even before the hurricane struck.

"It's difficult enough with 50,000 people in one race when everything is perfect and then with the subway out, the bus lines long," he said. "It just logically didn't make a whole lot of sense."

Story by: Hendrik Sybrandy

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