BENEFITING: THE MAYORS FUND TO ADVANCE NEW YORK CITY
FINAL UPDATE: Marathon success! It was a cold, lonely stretch of trail through the woods, far from the streets of NYC on which we trained, but we did it! Thanks to our great cheerleaders who came out and the people of PA who were very welcoming to the runners from NY that entered their race at the last minute. We could have done without the portion that involved very rocky paths and a steep climb up the side of a mountain at mile 20, but we still managed to finish on the four hour side of the clock so we'll take it. And our team has raised $4500 for Sandy relief efforts thanks to all of your generosity, so thank you thank you thank you!!!!
UPDATE: Thanks to all who have donated! Since the NYC marathon has been cancelled - a decision I support but one that frankly should have come days ago - I will now be running in the not-so-well-known but equally lengthy Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Marathon tomorrow in charming Northampton, PA. Event info here: http://www.delawareandlehigh.org/marathon/. I will be joined by three runner friends and a two person cheering squad (including Amos, who is the best boyfriend to a marathoner in history) on this early morning road trip to complete our running and fundraising mission. Donations to the Mayor's Fund will still assist in Sandy relief efforts so thank you for your support!
Friends and Family,
As many of you know, I'm running the NYC marathon this year. I have been training since the spring and have looked forward to crossing the marathon finish line in Central Park since I started running races there in 2007. This has been a long time coming.
However, the events of the past week have changed this race in profound ways. After Hurricane Sandy, our city is crippled, areas are still flooded and without power, and the devastation to the surrounding areas of Long Island and New Jersey is immense. Many have called for the City and New York Road Runners to cancel or postpone the race under these circumstances. Had the race been cancelled or postponed, I would have completely supported that decision.
But, the race goes on. And since it will go on with or without me, I've decided to run it. It feels like completely the wrong time to throw a party (which is how I viewed the marathon before the storm), but it absolutely feels like the time to fundraise for recovery efforts. So that is what I am doing.
I ask for your support - both in running the marathon and in raising money to aid recovery efforts in NYC. If you donate here, your contribution will go to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York. Read more here:
It has a four star rating from Charity Navigator and 100% of donations are being dispersed to relief organizations - both to address immediate needs as well as long term restoration efforts.
If you are local and wish to offer further support, consider volunteering your time. I plan to offer my assistance on Election Day, so join me if you can!
Much love to you all and thanks for any support you can provide,