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'Inspired' thinking veers off course

Notion that Sunday would match emotional lift felt after 2001 race was misguided

Updated: November 3, 2012, 11:31 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

It took several days for most of us to grasp the full extent of Hurricane Sandy's devastation and to understand -- through the words and images transmitted by reporters in the flood and fire zones, which I was not -- how many people are stranded and suffering.

During that interval, it became clear that the decision to carry on with the New York City Marathon had been made in too much haste and bolstered with questionable rationalizations that were both financial and symbolic.

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