I didn’t plan on writing a post about the New York Marathon. In fact, I had a very different post all typed up and ready to go for today but after the Giants game went on as planned last night, I decided that post needed to wait.
I am sure most of you are aware the NY Marathon was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy. I wholeheartedly agree that it should have been cancelled. Do I think it was cancelled too late? Absolutely! If I was a registered for the race and was told that the race was going to go on as planned, would I still have ran it? I can’t answer that with 100% certainty but the more I think about it, the more I think that I would have headed to New York to run the race. When I decide to do something, be it a race or anything else, I commit to that goal and not much can deter me from accomplishing it.
So what is it that I am taking issue with? For me it is not the fact that the race was cancelled or that it was cancelled too late. I can get over that. What has my blood boiling is the humongous backlash that runners of the race and runners in general were receiving when the race was to go on as planned. People all over social media sites and everywhere else were calling runners selfish and many other names that I do not care to mention on my blog. It was believed that runners would be taking away valuable resources such as food, water etc from the people who needed it the most, the people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Fast forward to Sunday night. The Giants game went on as scheduled! What? How can that be? Now I understand that a football game is very different from a marathon and the needs of each event are very different. I recognize that the Giants game requires very little, if any support from city services. But what about all the food and drinks that the fans would consume while watching a trivial game while victims of the hurricane are still struggling?! Isn’t this a selfish act? Turns out the social media world doesn’t think so. I scoured Twitter and Facebook for people treating the fans of the game in the same way that they treated the runners of the marathon and came up empty-handed. I even read some news articles about how the game would “uplift” the city. Hmmmm….funny I think that is what they originally said about the marathon before it was cancelled.
Let it be known that I don’t really take any offense to the game being played. I take offense to the awful way that the runners of the marathon and all runners were treated. Runners are some of the most caring and selfless people that I know. Runners don’t just run for themselves, they run for charity, to honor loved ones, for cures and for a multitude of other reasons. Runners will pick up another runner when they fall even when if it means crossing the finish line at a time greater than they had planned. And when runners cross that finish line, they congratulate each other, support each other and continue to cheer for the ones who have yet to cross.
So for those of you who still continue to believe that the runners of the NY marathon and runners in general are selfish. Let me say this to you. I AM a runner! And I AM damn proud to be part of the running community!