BENEFITING: THE MAYORS FUND TO ADVANCE NEW YORK CITY
In all my years of running, I've resisted fundraising as part of a race. I've donated and volunteered, but didn't want to feel like I was running only because I was raising money or vice versa. But when Sandy slammed the Eastern Seaboard just days before the NYC Marathon, I had a change of heart. As you have no doubt seen, heard or even witnessed firsthand, the storm left many people powerless and homeless. Homes have been destroyed by fire or flooding, and people have died from getting hit by trees or getting washed away. There's incredible need for relief efforts.
With the race still on despite all that, running and fundraising suddenly were connected, whether I liked it or not. I planned to run it for personal reasons (it was to be my 50th marathon in exactly 10 years, a goal I had set five years ago). But given the circumstances, I decided it wasn't going to be a race just for me but one I can use to help those in need.
Well, the marathon got abruptly cancelled about 40 hours before the start time, but I'm going forward with my fundraising efforts anyway. My goal is $1,285, or $26.22 for each of the 49 marathons I did run. I'll kick it off by matching the $227 (non-refundable!) registration fee I had paid to run the now-cancelled New York Marathon. I know many of you are facing hardship yourself, but for those able to give time or money, I encourage you to do so. Any amount helps.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
p.s. here's the official spiel from the marathon organizers:
New York Road Runners wrote -
The Mayor’s Fund is accepting financial donations from organizations and individuals to support hurricane relief efforts. Donations will be dispersed to relief efforts and organizations. The City is currently identifying immediate aid needs, including food, water and hygiene supplies, as well as long-term relief and restoration efforts.
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which facilitates innovative public-private partnerships throughout NYC’s five boroughs. The Fund relies on individuals, foundations, and corporations to support public programs in areas including the environment, youth development, financial empowerment, health, volunteerism, and the arts.