Worker wearing an official jacket listens as the New York Road Runners cancel the 2012 ING Marathon due to Hurricane Sandy
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Sandy: New York marathon called off to help clear up

3 November 2012 Last updated at 01:57 GMT

New York's annual marathon, which was due to take place on Sunday, has been cancelled, after criticism that it would have hampered efforts to clear up after the tropical cyclone.

Around 40,000 runners were due at the start line for one of America's biggest sporting events.

But plans to press ahead with the race prompted uproar from people in storm-ravaged parts of the city.

Five days after the storm struck the north-east, many residents are still without power and more than 100 people have died.

Michelle Fleury reports.