Marathon cancellation affects ex-Queenstown Winter Festival director

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Former Arrowtowner Sally Feinerman is among thousands of people affected by the cancellation of today’s (Sunday) New York City Marathon.

The famous event was cancelled late on Friday due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Feinerman – a former Queenstown Winter Festival director who now runs an Auckland fitness studio – says: “I think the main disappointment for most people is that they cancelled it so late after telling everyone to come.

“Anyway, there’s lots to see and do here so we are having a great time.”

Feinerman has heard there’s an unofficial marathon – four laps around Central Park – which she’ll do instead.

She’s staying at Greenwich Village where there was no power for the first two nights.

“Our relatives got their car out of their garage moments before it flooded – 70 cars were trapped down there.”

Feinerman, who also competed in last Sunday’s Auckland half-marathon, had been due to represent New Zealand at the marathon’s opening parade of nations.

Queenstowners Donald Hanson and Jendi Paterson had also been due to compete in the marathon.

Hanson was running the marathon to raise money for Grassroot Soccer which uses the power of soccer to inspire and mobilise youth to stay HIV/AIDS free.