DETROIT (WWJ) – The New York City Marathon has been canceled, following mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race as the city recovers from Superstorm Sandy.

Jessica Shehab of Northville found out the race was canceled after she got to the Big Apple.

“You know, at first I was just shocked, I couldn’t believe they were canceling it now, so late in the game,” said Shehad. “I mean if they had made this decision earlier in the week, Monday or Tuesday right after the storm came, I would have understand.”

“For them to say all week long that the marathon will go on, “we have all the resources to support it, we are not going to take anything away from those in need. Come to the city, come run the race,” you know I’m getting all these messages from the marathon team all week and I said “Okay, I’m going to come,” and then they cancel.” said a frustrated Shehad.

Around 47,500 runners – 30,000 of them from outside New York – had been expected to take part in the 26.2-mile event Sunday.

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