We asked readers running the New York Marathon on Sunday how Hurricane Sandy has affected their race plans. Here are some of their responses:
I would say that it has caused a lot of uncertainty and stress, but being a marathon runner, you just take it in stride and keep putting one foot in front of the other until you cross the finish line!! No matter what.
Brent Sandvold, Ottawa
I want to thank all of NY to being brave and supportive enough to keep this event going. The marathon is a challenge to the human physiology and the human spirit at times...but nothing compared to losing your home.
Victoria Coleman, London
After witnessing the destruction Hurricane Sandy left in her wake, my inspiration has shifted. Shifted to being inspired by the true tenacity and love New Yorkers have for their city. Their ability to quickly rebuild, never give up and remain committed to even the NYC Marathon is driving my excitement for Sunday and is what will keep me strong throughout my run.
Kimberly Hilton, Toronto
One thing is certain: every one of us that does get to the start line on Sunday morning will run through the streets of the five boroughs thinking of one thing more than any other: those who have suffered, those who have lost and those who could use a little diversion – and a whole lot of money that we will gladly spend in this great city over the course of the days ahead.
Colin Buchanan, Toronto
After seeing the devastating photos and reading about bodies still being pulled and the enormity of need in the city, I will instead run in Hamilton this weekend. It does not feel right to me to use the city’s resources on a bunch of runners while people lack housing, water and power.
Alexandra Flynn, Toronto
Still on track to race! Nervous about getting there; sad that the destruction and heartache has affected the greatest city in the world. I am going because I know New York wants to carry on – would like to help in any way I could!
Cathey Portie, Ponte Vedra, Fla.
I’ve overcome major injuries and other issues just to get here, and now a hurricane. I now have mixed feelings about the race: I look at the tragedy surrounding the hurricane with the fact that I want to run the race so bad. My wife, Teresa, is also running the marathon, and we’re hoping to volunteer in some way (after the race) in some sort of clean-up effort or in helping those left homeless due to the storm.
Kevin Laird, Victoria
Provided I can find a way to NYC, I’ll be running the marathon. My place of lodging does not have electricity and frankly I could care less. This race means a lot to this city and me, so I plan to be there.
Brad Miller, Denver