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NYC Marathon trip changes to NYC volunteer effort for Portland runner

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As millions of people try to get a sense of normalcy back, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided to cancel the world's largest marathon.

Those against the race said now is simply not the time for a marathon. They said holding the race on Sunday would be insensitive and a waste of valuable resources like police officers and generators.

The mayor said his decision will help keep the focus where it should be, on the recovery effort.

Now, nearly 50,000 runners and even more fans are without a New York City Marathon until next year.

Portland marathoner, Tyler Kaltenbach, traveled to New York and was fully prepared to hit the streets for her sixth marathon. She said her trip has been like a roller coaster ride since, as of Friday morning, the race was still on.

"I feel like the right decision was finally made, but I think it was made two or three days too late... now that I'm here, I want to make an effort to volunteer and do something to help," Kaltenbach said.

Bloomberg initially wanted the race to go on to give people something to cheer for during a dismal week.

Kaltenbach said the marathon could have been part of the city's healing process.

Kaltenbach said she spent a lot of time and money preparing for the race, but it's nothing compared to what people lost because of the storm.

Marathon organizers decided to donate food, blankets, portable toilets and generators meant for the race to help those in need.

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