After days of criticism and outcry, the New York City Marathon has been cancelled due to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, according to a report from NBC 4 New York Friday.

The decision to hold the race has come under fire since New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced earlier this week that the race would go on despite Sandy crippling the city’s public transportation and causing massive flooding in the tri-state area.

There has been no official announcement from the organizers of the event, New York Road Runners, or from the Mayor’s office.

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Runners crossing the Verrazano bridge as they compete in the 2011 New York City Marathon Photo: Reuters

The criticism focused on how the city’s use of resources for the marathon would better serve the millions who have gone without power since the hurricane struck on Monday, and those who lost their homes due to the devastation.