Local Runners Disappointed but Understanding

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QUAD CITIES - Running Wild Store Manager John Parker says he understands why runners may be disappointed with Friday's late announcement.

Friday, New York announced it will cancel Sunday's New York City Marathon because of Superstorm Sandy. Parker says he knows what New York runners are going through.

"Some of them are probably saying, 'what can we do?' Parker said. "They're probably bombarding media sites and New York running sites."

Parker estimates each runner spends about $3,000 preparing for the NYC Marathon. Parker says a customer came into his store Friday looking for a pair of shoes before heading up to New York. About 50,000 runners were expected to take part in Sunday's events. He also knew runners from the area who were driving up to New York Friday to run.

"They're going to get word half way out on the interstate," Parker said. "They're going to go, 'oh wow.'"

Parker says runners train about four months for the NYC Marathon alone. It costs about $200 for a non New York Road Runner's member to register. The NYRR says it will release more information next week.