Runners who had trained to participate in the New York City Marathon this year were left without a race to run after Mayor Michael Bloomberg relented to heavy criticism and canceled the event in the wake of the destruction following Superstorm Sandy. The thousands who traveled to New York for the marathon aren't just pouting about it, though. Many have decided to run anyway, carrying backpacks full of supplies to Sandy victims in the hardest hit parts of New York. Runners who decided to leave the city once the race was canceled were asked to donate their hotel rooms to displaced families. Some of them did.
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