Not focused on the race, runners who prepared for months to compete in the New York City Marathon are finding other ways to spend their time in the big apple, following an announcement Friday that Sunday's race was canceled because the damage caused by Sandy. Now many are volunteering to help storm victims.
"We try to do our best and we have asked also the possibility to help the people in New Jersey and in Staten Island and we are available," said Andrea Galbiati, a marathon runner.
Around 40,000 runners were already in the city when the race was called off, and after making the trip some felt they still wanted to run. Many put on their race numbers and took off through Central Park.
"Obviously this is a disappointment, but I don't think any of us question the decision. We've lived through hurricanes and understand," said Chuck Ferguson, a marathon runner.
Still some are disappointed, like Austin resident and Austin Police Officer, Veneza Bremner,
"You know I understand completely that it was canceled and I'm okay with that, but I'm not okay with it being canceled on Friday as opposed to Wednesday when they made initial decision to go ahead with the marathon," Bremner said.
Bremner and her husband are planning to volunteer over the next few days to help in the aftermath of Sandy. There are more Austin connections to what's happened in the northeast. More than two dozen employees with Pike Electric are working around the clock to help restore power...More than 2 million people remain in the dark as temperatures continue to fall...
"Everybody's doing their part by giving money, by giving clothes, going and volunteering. Doing whatever they can to do their part," said Bremner.
Bremner says even with the disappointment, she won't let it stop her from reaching her goal of running in the New York City Marathon next year.
"We're going to be back and we're going to complete it and cross that finish line," said Bremner.
All of the 2012 runners get an automatic entry for next year's race.