The New York Times is reporting that the New York Marathon will proceed, despite strong objections from some quarters.

There was some worry that Hurricane Sandy would force a cancellation, but organizers confirmed again that they will go ahead with Sunday’s race, considered by many to be the most prestigious marathon in the world.

“The city is a city where we have to go on,” [New York City Mayor Michael] Bloomberg said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Much of the distress centers on the availability of the Staten Island Ferry, which usually transports up to 50 percent of the race participants to the starting line. The Times reports that if the ferry is not in service, runners will have to take a bus. According to the official website, those who selected Staten Island Ferry service have been reassigned to buses, with the first wave leaving at a mind-boggingly early 4:30 a.m.

The New York Marathon is the world’s largest marathon with more than 47,000 runners starting last year’s race.

Runners cross over the Verrazano Bridge to begin the 2011 New York City Marathon. Photo from