COLUMBIA CITY — Many harriers who were signed up for the New York City Marathon, which was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, are running to other venues.
According to JoAnn Bird, wife of Gary Bird, the event coordinator for Columbia City’s Veterans Marathon, the local race is expected to add 30-40 runners from the NYC contest.
The Associated Press reported this is happening across the country, as many runners have spent months, even years, training for the event.
Philadelphia’s Marathon opened an additional 3,000 slots for athletes who were unable to compete in the canceled NYC event.
According to the AP, despite Sunday’s New York race being canceled, many marathoners were still on the move in NYC.
Hundreds of runners wearing marathon shirts and backpacks full of supplies took the ferry to Staten Island, running through stricken neighborhoods to help.
Others filled Central Park to put in their 26.2 miles, despite the last-minute cancellation of the world’s largest marathon.
A race dubbed “Run Anyway” was created, and runners unofficially ran the race.
Bird said approximately 70-80 runners are trying to qualify for Boston in Saturday’s race, which begins and ends on the Courthouse Square.
Veteran’s Marathon schedule:
•7:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies
•8 a.m. Marathon begins
•8:15 a.m. 5K and half marathon begin