The ING NYC Marathon will be run on Sunday under some extreme circumstances. While, above 34th street in Manhattan, there are few reminders of the Hurricane that has killed over 65, and put several million in unheated, unpowered homes. “When one is worried about keeping the milk cold, and where to find gas for the car, the marathon is not really on the landscape,” is how one East Coast resident explained the conundrum to me.
George Hirsch, Chairman of the Board of the New York Runners, put it this way, ” We hope that this race will be part of our road to recovery.” Kenny Moore, the writer honored today with the George Hirsch Journalism award, compared the outpouring of grief and a need for a positive outlet for that grief with Hurricane Sandy, to what Moore, Frank Shorter and Jack Bacheler faced with the massacre of the Isreali athletes in Munich in 1972. Shorter told Moore and Bacheler to go run, and with that, they put their grief on display as they ran the 26.2 miles along the blue line through Munich.
Kenny Moore put it this way, ” My certian knowledge is that to run the New York City Marathon this year is to challenge the grief 40,000 times, and we will be the better for it.