A lot of people have asked me if I’m still running the New York City marathon in light of the Hurricane Sandy devastation.
Yes, I’m headed to New York and I plan on running.
As I write this, my Thursday morning flight to Newark is still on schedule. Current reports indicate the marathon will occur, so my sister and I will be running on Sunday. If it gets canceled? Well, we’ll hang out in the city and see if there’s anything we can do to help with cleanup and recovery.
To be honest, I was a bit on the fence about whether or not the race should be canceled. But I figure if the organizers and city determine it’s feasible, I’m in. I’ve been training for the past 6 months, my plane ticket has been purchased and I’m sensitive to the financial hit the small B&B we’re staying at would take if we were to cancel.
Thanks to generous donations from my friends and family, I surpassed the Fred’s Team fundraising minimum and raised $4500! For those of you who intended to donate but haven’t had a chance to do so, I’d like to suggest you direct your donation to one of the food banks in New York City. I asked my Brooklyn-based friend Caryn who she would recommend, and she pointed me to Food Bank for New York City (formerly Second Harvest) or Greenpoint Church’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far on my NYC marathon adventure. I’ll keep you posted!