After storm, organizers scramble for NYC Marathon

Updated 2:32 PM EDT, Wed October 31, 2012

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Race officials rescheduling pre-race events, working to accommodate participants

Up to 20,000 international runners could be affected by flight cancellations or delays

The 26.2-mile course winds across New York's five boroughs

Runners unable to reach Manhattan in time for the race will be entered in next year's marathon

(CNN) —  

As storm-battered residents came to terms with the extent of the damage Tuesday, organizers of the New York City Marathon were trying to determine if flight cancellations, flooding and power outages would affect Sunday’s race.

“We are going to give everyone the time to get here and if they have to cancel, we will give them the chance to cancel up to Saturday,” said Mary Wittenberg, president of New York Road Runners, which organizes the race.

Wittenberg had declared Monday that “time is on our side” for the preparations, though she could not be reached for comment Tuesday after Superstorm Sandy barreled through the region.

Superstorm Sandy breaks records

As many as 2 million customers in the state of New York were without power Tuesday