I’ve cancelled my participation in the New York Marathon at least one hundred times in my head.


I’ve been wrestling for days with the choice of staying home as a gesture of relief for a city fighting desperately to recover from Hurricane Sandy orparticipatingas both a symbolic and financial supporter of a region in need.

Both choices are correct and yet incorrect at the same time.


After much research, consulting with friends who live and the city and many hours of watching the news and discussing it with my running partner Katie, I’ve made a decision – I’M NOT GOING.

But I am going to do what I can to aid New Yorkers impacted by Hurricane Sandy. And hopefully, you are going to help me!

The New York Road Runners has created what they are calling the 2012 ING New York City Marathon Race to Recover Fund. They plan todonate 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 Mayors Fund and the American Red Cross.

Won’t you consider matching their efforts with me?

If everyone reading this blog would donated $26.20, we could make a huge impact!

  • To donate through the Mayors Fund, pleaseclick here.
  • Visit NYRR’s fundraising platformCrowdRise, to donate to a variety of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

I am incredibly sad about deferring but ultimately, I feel it is the right thing to do.

New York, you’ll see me in 2013!