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November 5, 2012

NY marathon canceled? Tell that to the runners

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Near the water, there were no traffic lights and far more sirens. Houses looked like they had been sacked. Furniture was in front yards, washing machines, TVs.

But one man came out of his home and asked if the runners had flashlights, and they did. At another house, a family wearing face masks asked for batteries and sweatshirts. They said, "God bless you." The man said, "Let me take your picture."

Mary Wittenberg, the president of the New York Road Runners, which organizes the marathon, helped deliver food to a Staten Island family whose house was heavily damaged. "There are so many more suffering in our community who need our collective, undivided attention and all the resources we can muster," the NYRR said in a statement Sunday.

For runner Hana Abdo, the scene was striking. When she found out the marathon had been canceled, "I was almost in tears because I've been training for two years," she said.

"But what is two years of my life to somebody's whole life?"

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