Amid much controversy over the diversion of supplies and police in the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort, the ING New York Marathon, one of the world’s premier running events, was canceled this past Friday for the only time in its history.
I had not signed up to run the marathon, but having lived in New York City some years ago, I wasn't surprised that for days people insisted the race would go on. Honestly, it sounded like a very New York thing to do. Get up and move on. However, as more stories of damage and loss of life reached me and the world, I was glad to hear of Bloomberg’s decision.
Whatever your feelings on how it played out, one fact remains – people need help. Here is your chance to help even if you can’t travel or spend much. Run NYC is a virtual run to benefit New York City – meaning you can run anywhere at anytime.
At www.run4nyc.com you can sign up for a 26.2, 13.1 or 3.1 mile distance, choose your donation amount (even $5 is appreciated), and get running. You will need a Dailymile account or may sign up for one via an already established Twitter or Facebook account. You can then run your pledged distance anytime between Sunday, November 4 and Sunday, November 11 and log your time on the run4nyc site.
You receive a bib number upon signing up and a finisher’s certificate upon completion. More importantly, you help those in need. 100% of donations go to the American Red Cross.
I’ll be running this week for New York City as #3040.