With the New York City Marathon canceled less than 24 hours before its scheduled start Sunday, Mayor Nutter reportedly had stepped in with an offer: All 40,000-plus runners could come to Philadelphia.
George Hirsch, head of the New York Road Runners, which sponsors the event, said Nutter told him Philadelphia was ready to host the marathon Sunday if participants could get to the city, Runner's World reported Saturday.
Hirsch told Nutter there wasn't enough time to do that. He described Nutter as having "sounded very sincere."
Mark McDonald, a spokesman for the mayor, confirmed that Nutter called New York officials to offer to help with the marathon, but he declined to elaborate.