BENEFITING: THE MAYORS FUND TO ADVANCE NEW YORK CITY
From Theresa -
On November 4, I was prepared to run the NYC Marathon for the second time. I had trained hard and smart, and my body was ready. But after Superstorm Sandy devastated many parts of the city and surrounding areas, my heart was no longer ready to race. Before the marathon was canceled, one of my training partners set up this fundraising site with the hopes of using our run to help those in need. Now that the marathon is no longer happening, I'll be spending the time and energy I would have used running to volunteer in some of the harder-hit areas. But, while most New Yorkers are doing all they can to help those who lost everything in the storm, there's still much more to do than we can accomplish on our own. Please consider contributing to the relief efforts in some small way. If we all work together, we'll be running again in no time!
Sarah Reiley wrote -
This Sunday, hundreds of volunteers are going to stand around for hours handing me cups of water, when they could be helping to clean up the fire devastation in Breezy Point. Police officers will control traffic and crowds so that I can run down that middle of the street without incident. In the wake of Sandy, that sounds totally ridiculous.
Needless to say, I feel very conflicted about the fact that the NYC marathon is going to continue as scheduled.
Allowing New Yorkers to come together to show their spirit, pride and resiliency in the wake of an unprecedented natural disaster has enormous healing potential for the community. So do the dollars that will be spent by the many runners flying in (the ones that get here anyway). And so, too, does any return to normalcy we can manage -- and putting on the marathon as planned is certainly part of that.
However, running in Sandy's shadow doesn't feel right. It seems unethical to divert money and resources from those who so desperately need them at this time.
But, so long as the race continues as planned, me NOT running the race won't help anyone.
So how about using this run to help some of the victims of Sandy?
We've all seen the devastating pictures of the fire at Breezy Point, the washed away towns on the Jersey Shore, and evacuated hospitals in Manhattan. Walking home from Rockefeller Center to Brooklyn on Wednesday, passing so many shelter-seekers wandering down Broadway with duffle bags and pillows, was totally surreal. I feel incredibly lucky to have escaped the storm unharmed in every way.
If I run on Sunday, I want to be able to help those who weren't as lucky as I was, and to appreciate the progress we have already made. The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City has set up a Hurricane Relief fund to help get this city back on track. New York is nothing if not resilient. Please help us celebrate that and get this city (and region) up and running again!