The New York City Marathon will go on!

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Parts of Manhattan are under water, power is out, debris and downed trees cover the streets, and most of the bridges and tunnels remain closed Tuesday morning, but by all accounts the New York City Marathon, which weaves through all five boroughs, will go off with very few hitches this Sunday.

“We’re assessing today with the city what the damage was and the ability to recover as quickly as possible,” Richard Finn, a spokesman for New York Road Runners, told the NY Times. “[We’re] moving ahead with everything we can do to be on the way to putting on a great marathon.”

Organizers haven’t been able to check out the course yet, for obvious reasons, but since the race doesn’t run through the most devastated parts of lower Manhattan they say things should be ready by the time the gun goes off. The marathon also runs all its electronic equipment off of generators, meaning power won’t be an issue for organizers regardless of when it comes back on for citizens. The biggest issue seems to just be getting runners to the starting line.

More than 5.700 flights to the east coast were cancelled this week. Nearly 20,000 participants come from overseas to compete. London bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang is scheduled to arrive from Kenya Tuesday and defending NYC champ and course record holder Geoffrey Mutai is set to come in Wednesday.

Organizers plan to reschedule flights to get the top runners to New York in time, but one notable absentee from the race will be top American marathoner Ryan Hall, who ducked out of the London Olympics race with an apparent quad injury that’s still bothering him. He said he’ll be ready for the 2013 season.

Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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Sifan Hassan sets marathon debut

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Sifan Hassan, who won 5000m and 10,000m gold and 1500m bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in an unprecedented triple, will make her 26.2-mile debut at the London Marathon on April 23.

Hassan, a 30-year-old Dutchwoman, said she will return to the track after the race, but how the London Marathon goes will play into whether she bids for the Olympic marathon in 2024.

“I want to see what I can do on the marathon distance, to make future decisions,” she posted on social media. “We’ll see if I will finish the distance or if the distance will finish me.”

Exhausted by her Olympic feat, Hassan reportedly went at least seven months after the Tokyo Games between training in track spikes. She finished fourth in the 10,000m and sixth in the 5000m at last July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“I really needed a break after the Tokyo Olympics,” Hassan said at worlds. “I was mentally crashed. I didn’t even care about running.”

London, billed as the best women’s marathon field in history, also boasts Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and the two fastest Americans in history, Emily Sisson and Keira D’Amato.

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