Due to ice on the roads, on power lines, and in trees, the night before the race was set to take off, race officials had to cancel it. This was not an easy decision, and they waited as long as possible to make it, to see what the rapidly changing weather would do.
Upon canceling the race, the officials announced 3 options for runners to transfer races: RocknRoll Arizona, New Orleans, or Nashville; OR, they could turn their registration fee into a donation to the hospital; and, they will all receive first dibs on registration for the 2014 race. This is incredibly generous, especially when you consider that at this point, race registration money had already been spent to purchase shirts, medals, and any other race day supplies. They will lose money this year, but fortunately that does not affect hospital donations, which are completely separate from race registration fees.
There were some upset people. Everyone was disappointed, but most people understood that safety comes first. Things to consider if you thought the show should've gone on:
1. If the race had continued as planned, people would have still come, despite dangerous road conditions. Before the race even starts, people are endangering themselves to get there.
2. Any time a winter storm happens in the South, the city isn't prepared to handle it as much as our northern neighbors are. The people who do get out and drive (or run) on unfamiliar surface risk injury to themselves or others, which can clog up EMS and ERs. Not only that; if the race occurred, and injuries happened because of the ice, future race events would be jeopardized.
3. It takes thousands of volunteers to make this event happen. They are already planning to help, to be out there with huge hearts and of their own free will, so asking them to be there in unsafe conditions is totally unfair. And without them, there is no race.
I hope people who are being negative about this will begin to understand. All the months of training were not in vain - you were running for the kids!