BOISE -- A Middleton teacher who made the trip to New York to run its famed marathon is disappointed the event's been canceled.

Alicia Wright has been training to run the New York City Marathon since June. She told KTVB that she had planned to raise money to donate to the American Red Cross.

Wright said Friday night that she had just landed in New York City when she learned Sunday's marathon had been canceled.

Although she's disappointed, Wright understands why it was canceled.

I totally understand. I know they've been through a lot, she said. I just wish, had there been even a chance that there was going to be a cancellation, that they would have done it maybe earlier in the week just because I wouldn't have flown all the way here.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg had said the show would go on and some 47 thousand runners from around the world had been expected to take part.

But Bloomberg changed his mind Friday after mounting criticism from New Yorkers who said it made more sense to use resources to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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