As you know by now, I did not run a marathon this weekend.
We were on the highway just north of Washington D.C. when our phones started blowing up with the news of the cancellation.
Up until that point it had been a pretty nice trip. Of all places, we lucked out and Mr. Blondie had a layover in North Carolina on Thursday night. It made a good half-way point to stop, and YAY! for a free hotel room. Emily and I slept in, had a nice breakfast, and waited at the hotel while Mr. Blondie flew back to Atlanta in the morning. His trip was over once he got there, so he just hopped on a flight back to N.C. to meet us. We continued on our merry way from there.
To be clear, I’m not upset at all that I didn’t get to run the NYC Marathon. Obviously the resources were needed elsewhere, and I’m glad to see it could be re-allocated.
What I am very upset about by the way it was handled. Us (now vilified) runners were working on Mayor Bloomberg’s bold reassurances of that everything could go on as planned. Sadly, those bold assurances were based on a hugely egregious miscalculation of resources. Hate the game, not the players. It was just an all-around crappy situation.
But as I said in my last post, this trip had two parts. We continued on after we got the news of the cancellation, and made it to my parents’ house in South Jersey. Em got to spend some time with her grandparents , and we got to drop off the supplies we brought.
It’s business as usual in South Jersey and their primary residence is fine. My parents were surprisingly zen about their situation on Long Beach Island. They’re still working simply with aerial photos, but whatever happened…well, it’s only stuff. It can be replaced. That’s why they pay for good insurance right?
The rest of our friends and family in North jersey and Long Island spent Sunday night drinking wine and eating pizza by the light of their generators, while streaming TV shows on their laptops. My inlaws will need to have the tree that crushed their garage removed. Others will need their siding or shingles replaced. Inconvenient? Yes. Extreme hardship? No.
Yep, they are very, VERY fortunate. So many others are still in dire need. The shore areas, Staten Island, Breezy Point, etc. were completely devastated and they lost EVERYTHING. It’s surreal to look at the pictures, and heartbreaking to hear the stories. My mom is bringing the supplies we brought with us to her church, who will in turn pass them on to the people who really need them. I know it’s only tiny drop in the bucket, but if enough people give, soon you have a full bucket.
Since there’s no way to smoothly transition to something that seems trivial and petty in light of what we just discussed, I’ll just jump right in. Talking about running doesn’t mean I have any less compassion for what’s going on in the Northeast.
So after getting word of the cancellation, I immediately pulled out my phone and started searching for alternate marathons within driving distance. I tried registering for the City of Oaks Marathon in Raleigh, but they were mobbed after the announcement. By the time I got to speak with anyone, the race had already sold-out. I also tried to get into the Manchester City Marathon in New Hampshire, but by the time the race organizer verified they could hold a bib for me, it was already too late on Saturday to make it there.
Instead, I’ll be running the Soldier Marathon this upcoming Saturday in Columbus. GA. womp womp
It's not what I had envisioned, but it means I still get to run a marathon. Waiting another few weeks to do a different one is just not in the cards. I have to note the organizers are being super gracious though. They are allowing displaced NYC Marathon runners to enter for FREE. How cool is that?!
So there you have it, The Marathon: Take 2, this weekend.