Friday, November 2, 2012

I AM Two Things…

Most of you know what is going in NYC right now; we have all been affected in one way or another. I can’t walk around my neighborhood without having to climb over a tree or have to take a detour… which is so NON existent, compared to what so many other people are going through.

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There has been a lot of controversy in regards to the NYC Marathon which is supposed to take place on Sunday.

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Should they still have the marathon? should it be postponed for a later date? Or cancel it completely? I, like many other runners waited patiently for the final verdict but UNLIKE some runners; I would have been okay if Bloomberg decided to cancel the whole thing. Before I was a runner, I was a New Yorker first.

With that said, they gave the go ahead and decided to move forward with the NYCM and here I stood with a choice, run or don’t run? I decided that I am going to run. I don’t run because I consider myself an elitist (this is one of the kinder words used to describe everyone participating) but I am running because I AM A NEW YORKER AND A RUNNER!

Am I scared of the reception we are going to receive? Very much so but I will keep running and dedicate my efforts to MY hometown!

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NYRR has created the 2012 ING New York City Marathon Race to Recover Fund and will donate at least $1 million, or $26.20 for each of the more than 40,000 runners expected to participate in the race. The Marathon Race to Recover Fund will support a number of charities involved in relief efforts, including the Mayor’s Fund and the American Red Cross.

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3 comments :

  1. Mari, I'm so glad to hear and see that you are doing well, despite the terrible tragedies that Sandy has caused.
    So....at first I thought it was no biggie that they decided to go on with the marathon, but after watching the news over the past few days, and seeing how so many people are struggling, I just can't understand how NYC has decided to put so much effort, money, and energy into the marathon when so many people are within miles, without a home. I mean.....I know I'm not there, and nor am I a runner, or a New Yorker, but still. I would be pissed if I was without a home right now and NYC was preparing a marathon. Just saying...
    Either way Mari, I wish you luck (and I do not judge you in the slightest for your decision!! Who knows, maybe I would run too if I had signed up?? I don't know), and again I am SO SO SO happy to see you are well, and still smiling :)

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  2. The most powerful thing you said "before I was a runner, I was a new yorker too". this run is more than just running through what once was a healthy ny. it's beaten and broken. we need time to heal. we need staff! there are none! they have been working around the clock since the hurricane. I see why the mayor is doing this but its not a good time. whatever your decision, I support you. but my vote is to postpone.

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  3. I'm still running also. If they had decided to cancel it, I would have been bummed but would have understand. But I'm not going to not run it on principle after all the training I've done! Good luck on sunday girl!! I don't think we'll actually be received that poorly. It's pretty hard to watch a marathon and NOT be inspired, so hopefully the race will bring out the best people and will make people even MORE excited to bring this city back to what it once was.

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