Culture-making: Running "Marathon Sandy"

Posted by tom | Nov 5, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief

"We are not going to let anybody go sleeping in the streets or go without blankets, but it's a challenge, and we're working on that as fast as we can." -- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, on thousands of people left homeless after the storm" (Quotation of the Day. NY Times. 11/5/2012).

A good, tough report on a "Culture-Making" way of running through the Five Boroughs. . . .

". . . On nearby Fox Beach Road, three bodies were found after the waters receded, including a man and his 20-year-old son who were found in one another’s embrace. 'My God, the marathoners,' said one relative of the father and son who died, before pausing to control his emotions. He did not want to give his name, he said, because the shock of the deaths was simply too raw, and he did not want his relatives to see their names in the newspaper. 'What they’ve done here is overwhelming,' he said of the runners who volunteered. 'Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.' . . .

'We had our marathon today,' said Ceresa DiTalia, a runner in that group. 'But it was just more of an emotional one.'" -- Runners Embrace Chance to Help Residents Recover (Juliet Macur and Steve Eder. NY Times. 11/5/2012).

Yes, some ran the "Sandy Marathon" for variety of reasons, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/sports/tranquillity-not-cheers-or-hordes-line-new-york-city-marathon-route.html . . .

Still processing my response to Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin's comment, "This is a game," Tomlin added. "What happened here is life and reality" (Isaac Redman has 147 yards, late TD as Steelers end Giants' streak. ESPN. 11/4/2012).* Yes, the win/loss of the game hardly compares to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Furthermore, there is a difference between a marathon winding through the Five Boroughs and a Steelers-Giants football game at MetLife Stadium. Yet, I don't want to loose that playing a game, attending a game, choosing to have a game is life and reality . . . it was for those who chose to run "Marathon Sandy" in a variety of forms AND those who were their fans/critics.

As our family tries to join the cleanup marathan on small ways, please continue to let us know small ways to help out. Hope for New York: Hurricane Sandy Relief and sending winter coats has come to me with the strong recommendation.

*A longer quote from Big Ben: "There are so many bigger things going on around here that what we do is not as important as real life," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Sunday after throwing for two touchdowns in a 24-20 comeback victory. "My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone else who are going through so much. There were so many emotions going on, I didn't know what to expect from it. But maybe we were able to take their minds off their problems just a little."

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