Having checked the weather forecast on meteo.fr, it seems that the run of storms we have been experiencing are set to continue, and perhaps be extremely prevalent on Sunday morning with high winds and rain forecast. Not exactly great news for those chasing a PB, but also I can see several problems with the course itself given the proximity of the route to the sea - waves (with stones in) crashing over the Prom sometimes sees road closures as a general rule, and a few of the local beaches have been wrecked in recent years - not least of all on Wednesday evening at Plage Mala. In fact one year the Monaco Marathon was cancelled as a result of inclement weather. I have everything crossed that everything will be ok for Sunday.
On another note, I have lots of friends and clients that live and work in New York and the environs. Without fail, noone has escaped unscathed. Families are in semi flooded apartment blocks with no electricity; one chap I know lost his house - his brother lost his own place - and they are both staying with their parents that lost their roof. Offices too have been wrecked. More importantly, lives have been lost. To fix this will take a long time, and I hope that people remain strong. Fortunately they seem to have been well prepared with stocks of food and water bought in ahead of time. However, I think the decision to go ahead with the New York Marathon is a brave one, but the right one. The show must go on, and the marathon will bring much needed solidarity and tourist dollars to the City - and the boroughs. The marathon this year I am sure will have a special poignancy, but will take on board a certain mythical quality in the annals of the marathon. I wish the whole of New York, and the runners, the very best, and hope that everyone has a great day.