NYC Marathon will be cancelled -- city official

WASHINGTON Fri Nov 2, 2012 5:21pm EDT

WASHINGTON Nov 2 (Reuters) - The New York City Marathon, one of the premier U.S. distance-running events, will not take place as planned on Sunday, a New York city official said.

City officials and the organizers of the marathon have been under pressure to cancel the event as the Northeast struggles to recover from heavy flooding and power outages caused by superstorm Sandy.

(Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Jackie Frank)