TODAY | November 04, 2012
>>> around the world were supposed to take part inmarathon, but on friday new york city 's mayor canceled the race in the mounting criticism it was incensensitive to the victims of hurricane sandy. jenna is back with that. very loud cries from not just in the city but the entire region.
>>> erica, many runners are disappointed but they're turning that bad news into something good. frustration after months of preparation.
>> 20 weeks of training, it's a little disappointed to give up.
>> running is the light of my life and i feel like my wedding has been canceled.
>> reporter: confusion over the back and forth on whether it would happen.
>> have a hoopla, just rah-rah-rah for us runners when there are people without homes, mothers who have lost children.
>> reporter: and ultimately acceptance.
>> i'm disappointed. we would have liked to have run it. that's life.
>> reporter: the 47,000 runners scheduled to hit the street today as part of the new york city marathon are now forced to put the race behind them this morning after the city agreed with the popular opinion that now just wasn't the right time.
>> difficult news for people who have trained all year. people who have come around the world to run in it, but it's the right decision.
>> reporter: and while some runners are upset over the timing --
>> this was brutal. absolutely brutal. this should have been canceled tuesday.
>> reporter: many have moved on, lending a hand to those who need it, racing now to help out. the website race2recover nyc are matching donations. as generators once dedicated to the race have been freed up to help those still without power. dr. jordan metzel helped organize an event to distribute food and supplies throughout storm ravaged communities of staten island , literally running supplies across the borough.
>> with our somewhat freakish skill being able to run 26 miles at once, hopefully we'll get into place that is are tougher to get to, things like prepaid cell phone, gift cards, hygiene supplies.
>> reporter: the desire to help, replacing that sought after runners high . and for those still looking to hit the pavement, there's always 2013 .
>> i have a date with the new york city marathon, so it's not this year. it's next year. so i'll be back.
>> more than 500 runners are expected to show up in staten island today. other informal runs will be held as well this afternoon around central park , taking the same course as the 1970 route of the marathon. and it's because 47,000 people are right now in central park with a lot of pent-up energy and they need somewhere to go and something to do.
>> they need to run. it's nice to see people putting that energy into a great