The world-famous NYC Marathon is indeed happening on Sunday, November 4th, despite the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, now renamed Superstorm Sandy. Much of the 26-mile route through all five boroughs is either still under water or strewn with debris, including downed trees in Central Park, power outages along much of the route, and many competitors can’t even get here for the race because of cancelled flights. Hosting a race with 47,000 runners — nearly half of whom come from overseas, 8,000 volunteers, 1,000 staff and two million spectators less than a week after a devastating storm is a challenge, to say the least, as NYC struggles to get back to something resembling normal. But it just could be the boost to civic pride that we need right now. Runners who have to pull out because they can’t get here are guaranteed a spot for the NYC Marathon 2013. The deadline for cancelling was today — it has been extended to Saturday because of Superstorm Hurricane Sandy.