White tents where the runners would meet were already erected. Plastic crates lined the park’s wall for two blocks, with tangles of electric wires and other setup equipment where workers buzzed around. A few TV news crews set up camp.Along the race route in Queens, a couple of marathon banners hung from street lamps.
In Brooklyn, the effects of the storm were more apparent. One gas station had a long line of cars extending down the block. Another had dozens of people standing on the sidewalk, clutching red fuel cans.
At the midtown New Yorker Hotel, the lobby was filled with anguished runners, some crying and others with puffy eyes. In one corner, a group of Italian runners watched the news with blank looks.
‘‘I have no words,’’ said Roberto Dell'Olmo, from Vercelli, Italy. Then later: ‘‘I would like that the money I give from the marathon goes to victims.’’
Gisela Clausen, of Munich, told her fellow runners about the cancellation as they walked in.
‘‘You don’t understand. We spend a year on this. We don’t eat what we want. We don’t drink what we want. And we’re on the streets for hours. We live for this marathon, but we understand,’’ she said.
Associated Press writers Verena Dobnik, Michael Rubinkam and Cara Ana in New York contributed to this report.