BENEFITING: THE MAYORS FUND TO ADVANCE NEW YORK CITY
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
The decision's been made, the race will go on.
There are very raw, mixed emotions about holding the NYC marathon on Sunday. Rightfully so. And the unsettlng truth is, canceling would not erase the damage Sandy's done, or the bring back lives she took.
People are in real pain, and the marathon (and NYRR) has become the villain.
But we runners are being asked to, quite literally, move forward and uphold a tradition. That's what NYC does. I have lived in and loved this city for nearly 13 years. The one thing I can always count on is that it has never stayed the same — and neither have I.
For me personally, running has saved me more times than I care to remember.
I know how it feels to lose family members and friends unfairly and infuratingly too soon. There have been times of heartbreak when I felt truly lost, and all I knew how to do was put one foot in front of the other. I ran. And every time I did, I got stronger.
For those of us who regularly compete in endurance races, we forget that a marathon is often a once in a lifetime goal. Sunday represents 47,000 dreams met and goals achieved for runners worldwide, many of whom have raised thousands of dollars for charities in order to get to the start line. It has always been a day when millions come together and feel inspired by those dreams. I sincerely hope this year will be no exception.
When I run, I imagine my dad is the ground beneath my feet. I know he is with me every step. I pray that eventually, those affected by Sandy will find that kind of peace. And maybe for some, running will be the thing that helps them through the dark places, too.
New York Road Runners is donating $26.20 for every runner who runs in Sunday’s New York City Marathon to kick off “The Race To Recovery,” a relief fund for victims affected by Hurricane Sandy. ING also announced a $500,000 contribution.
I am asking for the same thing. Please consider donating $26.02 to The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. Contributions support immediate aid needs – including water, food, and hygiene supplies – as well as long-term relief and restoration efforts. One hundred percent of donations to the Mayor's fund are being dispersed currently to relief efforts.
Many of us are also suggesting that all the warm clothes runners bring to Staten Island to keep warm until the start be donated directly to the local community that needs them immediately. Bins will already be there. If anyone reading this has any influence on that, PLEASE, let's make it happen.
Thank you. I hope you'll still be out on the couse on Sunday.