Although this year's New York City ING Marathon was canceled, it didn't stop many of the runners from logging a few miles on Sunday—and, more importantly and admirably, helping those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Here are just a few of the awesome ways runners put their athleticism to good use and how you can help as well.
1. 1,300 would-be marathoners ran through Staten Island distributing supplies. More than a thousand runners and volunteers boarded the Staten Island ferry on Sunday morning with backpacks full of batteries, trash bags, and other donated supplies for residents in the hardest hit areas of the island.
2. NYC More helped residents in three neighborhoods. NYC Marathon of Relief 2012 (NYC More) coordinated efforts between this year's marathon runners and last year's to aide in the city's post-hurricane relief efforts. Volunteers visited Rockaways in Queens, Staten Island, and Coney Island to check on citizens, help clean out basements that flooded, and more. They're still accepting volunteers, donations, and supplies. If you'd like to get involved, check out their Facebook page here.
3. A former East Village resident ran for New York in Connecticut. Carolyn Wolfe, who once lived in the East Village, had been training for months and carb-loading for a week before the marathon was canceled. When the race was called off, Wolfe decided to run 26.2 miles in her new home of Danbury to raise funds for those in New York who need help. She asked people to pledge $26.2 in relief efforts, and although she ran her marathon yesterday, you can still donate.
These examples are just a handful of the great grassroots efforts that took place over the weekend. How did you get involved with the post-hurricane relief efforts? Let us know in the comments below!