Jendi Paterson. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
After five months of training, Queenstown runner Jendi
Paterson is "gutted" today's New York marathon has been
cancelled in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.
Ms Paterson, Lakes Leisure's community programme and rec-
reation co-ordinator, had only just picked up her race number
on Friday afternoon (New York time) when she heard the
"devastating" news New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had
announced the race was cancelled.
Speaking from a hotel room a couple of blocks from Times
Square in New York yesterday (Saturday evening US time), she
said having the race called off at such short notice was
"You pick up your race number and you have got all that
nervous excitement and then suddenly the race is off." She
said she understood why the race had to be cancelled, but it
would have been preferable to have had the decision made
"If they made the call on Tuesday, I wouldn't have flown all
this way and neither would have my parents, who came with me.
"It's cost a fortune and now we are kind of stuck in New York
with paid-for accommodation. It's a great city but it wasn't
what I came for," she said.
She was yet to see any damage caused by the storm, but was
constantly reminded via the media of the devastation. The one
positive in the cancellation was that she was guaranteed a
place next year - an offer she would "definitely" be taking
"I have to come back next year. I have put too much into it
this year to not come back."
She still hoped to have a good holiday despite the
"It is a fantastic city and from what I have seen of it
already I can see why everybody says it is the greatest city
in the world."
She is due to fly back to New Zealand on November 13.
Before leaving for New York, Ms Paterson said on Monday that
"excited" was not a strong enough word to describe the
feelings that had built up over five months of training and
"It's hard to explain - it's when you always wanted to do
something and then suddenly, you're about to do it," she