Following the weekend headlines, it’s been rough for New Yorkers and New York City Marathon hopefuls. The city faced a tough decision on cancelling the New York City Marathon. I am sure many of you feel it absolutely should have been done and I am sure there are those out there that thought otherwise.
Regardless of opinion, I was pleasantly surprised at some of the stories that came out over the weekend. Even before the marathon was cancelled, a group of runners created NYC Marathon of Relief Effort (MORE). Instead of running the race, they organized relief efforts on the day of the race.
A marathon is not about winning. It is about finding something inside you you never knew you had and inspiring others to do the same.
The Facebook group Run Anyway New York City Marathon was also created to show support for the runners:
In respect to those in need, canceling the NYC marathon was the right move. But for those of us who are running for causes or for others, we should finish what we started. We will do it like the old days where we run the necessary amount of times around Central Park to complete 26.2 miles. It’s totally understandable for you if you would like not to participate but for some of us, we need to complete our obligation.
As part of the unofficial marathon, runners completed 26.2 miles by doing four laps around Central Park — the same route used in the very first NYC.
I am motivated by the passion displayed by the residents of New York and the running enthusiasts that came from all over. Hard times often show some of the best displays of American pride and support for our people. Volunteers, donations and more came pouring in and I truly hope the momentum continues as the city will need all the help it can get.
Check out Scott over at irunner, as a New Yorker and runner enthusiast signed up for Sunday’s race, his perspective was great to read.
What were your thoughts about the race cancellation? Do the runner’s efforts motivate you to aid or help out?