NEW YORK (WUSA) -- New York City's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg announced the New York City Marathon will be canceled after the Super Storm Sandy knocked out the city for a few days.

"We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it."

This announcement comes after several other statements, where Bloomberg said the Marathon would go on, to keep the tradition alive in the city.

More than 1 million people are still without power in New York, gas stations are out of gas and the roads are near nightmarish to drive.

"While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division.We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event - even one as meaningful as this - to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track," Bloomberg said.

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