NY Marathon Runners Deliver Goods Instead
While others complete the race at Central Park
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 4, 2012 3:17 PM CST
Mary Wittenberg, president of the New York Road Runners, reacts after speaking with a family whose house was heavily damaged during Superstorm Sandy, in the Staten Island, New York, Nov. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(Newser) – Never mind the cancellation. Here comes the marathon. Thousands of runners poured into New York City's Central Park this morning to do what they had prepared so long to do—put in 26.2 miles. That's despite the abrupt announcement Friday evening that the world's largest marathon had been called off because of Superstorm Sandy. Hundreds of other runners, wearing their marathon shirts and backpacks full of supplies, took the ferry to hard-hit Staten Island and ran to hard-hit neighborhoods to help.

Staten Island resident Jonscott Turco gave them instructions: "The devastation and damage you are about to wander into ... " He paused, almost teary. "It's pretty extraordinary. The only thing I can prepare you for is they're still finding people, remains." The landscape worsened as they got closer—and some residents told them to go home—but the runners helped others by providing clothing, batteries, and flashlights. "I was almost in tears because I've been training for two years," said one runner of the cancelled marathon. "But what is two years of my life to somebody's whole life?"

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Nov 5, 2012 9:33 AM CST
gee nice of them to care!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 4, 2012 10:50 PM CST
good job runners. now go find all your fellow runners are twitter that are bitching endlessly about how their lives are totally ruined because they spent so much time training for this and now they can't, and then smack each one as you run past them. that'd be great, thanks.
Nov 4, 2012 9:57 PM CST
Marathoners putting their skills to great use--good on you! It is wonderful to hear about people helping other people, not asking for credit, just doing the right thing.