BENEFITING: THE MAYORS FUND TO ADVANCE NEW YORK CITY
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
I have more apprehension than usual about the marathon on Sunday.
Normally my skepticism is about whether I am fit enough to get to the finish line by a certain time, this time I am wondering if it even makes sense to run a marathon Sunday given the destruction and loss NYC and surrounding area have and still are experiencing. I was sincerely shocked to hear the race was still on and can argue the case to cancel it well. But if it is going to happen (and it is per the Mayor) then the best way is for it to do some good.
As Chris Cavagnaro put it in his fundraising note, to not show up for the race and protest " I take a stand, but help no one. So the best option is to run for a purpose."
Hurricane Sandy has devastated the city that I love. I feel extremely blessed by my own good fortune through it and am deeply saddened seeing and hearing what others have lost and continue to endure. The NYC marathon is one of my favorite days ever year -- a celebration of the worlds greatest city, and the generous spirit of two million people cheering for neighbors and strangers alike. There will be a lot fewer people there this year, and the only reason I can justify running is to help support some of them as they have me and other runners in years past.
New York Road Runners is donating over $1 million to storm relief efforts and I would like my run to add to that total by fundraising for the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. 100% of donations to the Mayor's Fund are being dispersed and will support immediate aid needs – including water, food, and hygiene supplies – as well as long-term relief and restoration.
I have not raced to fund-raise in several years (my last run such was also for NYC raising money for the Robin Hood Foundation) but I have always been moved by your generosity and hope that you can support the this important cause.
Knowing that I am racing for this purpose is really the only way I can justify crossing the finish line on Sunday.
Thank you for your support.