New York wisely cancelled the New York Marathon due to the damages and effects of Hurricane Sandy. I had quite a few friends entered to run, and I know they are disappointed. Although they have trained months (some even years) to reach this point, it’s hard to have an argument against canceling the run.
Personal sacrifice (even the money spent to travel to NYC) cannot overshadow the devastation of the residents of New York and its surrounding areas. Police efforts cannot be redirected to clear race routes, etc. when they need to be clearing debris and assuring the safety of its citizens.
That said, I love this idea of putting those runners to work! Haha! U.S Navy officer Andrew Baldwin, M.D., a physician, humanitarian, Navy diver and media personality, is putting out a challenge to all marathoners and guests in NYC for the weekend to mobilize for a second day across New York and help clean up the devastation from Hurricane Sandy. Imagine how cool it would be to be a part of an amazing humanitarian effort to help those in real need! (Wish I were there!)
So, join in and do your part by tweeting this message:
Join the #NewMarathon to cleanup #sandy across NYC. Just think what difference 10,000 runners can make! http://bit.ly/RzQjDC