Opinions and…

2 Nov

I believe it was Shakespeare who quoth “opinions are like a**holes– everyone’s got one!”
No?
Well, anyway, it seems everyone has got an opinion about the NYC marathon this year.
As you may or not have heard, we in the NYC metro area were hit by a little storm early this week. It’s caused terrible devastation to much of the area– one of the worst hit areas being Staten Island.
… which is where, every year, the NYC marathon’s 40,000ish participants camp out for several hours in the early morning while waiting to run over the Verrazano Bridge and continue running for a grand total of 26.2 miles.
…every year, including this year, according to Bloomberg’s announcement yesterday.
I will be one of those 40,000ish people, and for the past 24 hours, I have felt conflicted, to say the very least, over this.
It feels more than a little tacky, tasteless, and just plain wrong to be commencing a big-ass party where so many people are suffering and where people have DIED. It actually me sick to my stomach.
For me, and me personally, I would have been more than OK with them canceling or at least postponing the marathon, especially if it were in order for the supplies and person-power to go toward Hurricane Sandy relief. This will be my 4th NYC marathon, my 13th marathon altogether, and my 2nd marathon of the fall of 2012. I’m good.
But I can’t speak for the numerous people whose first marathon will be NYC 2012. People who have been training for months for this day. I can’t speak for the people who flew in from places literally all over the world, to run this. I can’t speak for people who have raised tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity for this race.
I wish, oh how I wish, it were as simple as diverting the efforts and funds for the marathon to hurricane relief, but I know it’s just not that simple.
I have to ask if the people who are complaining about the marathon still happening have put their money where their mouth is, so to speak. It’s one thing to sit in your apartment and grouse on a Facebook page. And that’s fine. Everyone is absolutely entitled their opinion, of course and I definitely understand the outrage. I just hope they’re doing something other than simply voicing it. I am by no means a saint. Quite the opposite. But I did donate a hefty sum here.
I promise I am not saying this to toot my own horn, but rather to share the little I did in order to attempt to alleviate my guilt over this whole thing and feel like I was helping in some small way. By the way, the NYRR donated $1 million to hurricane relief.
On a very shallow note, it breaks my heart that the NYC marathon now has this mar on it. I’ve said before and I’m saying again that for me, the NYC marathon is better than Christmas Day.
But on a much larger note, I just… I don’t know how to feel.  Yes, I’m running the race because I don’t see what good boycotting it will do. And I’m not sure I’m completely against Bloomberg’s decision. It brings money and hope into the city, blah blah blah. Again, I’m conflicted.
What I am NOT conflicted on is my belief that anyone who takes issue with the marathon happening should do their part in some sort of way to help out.
Good luck to everyone who is running on Sunday and my most fervent prayers and well wishes go out to those who are suffering from the results of this horrific storm.

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4 Responses to “Opinions and…”

  1. thethinksicanthink November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Completely agree — also conflicted and, truthfully, dont really think they should have the marathon. But, my not running as a “stance” won’t change whether the show goes on or not. I did train for it, am here, and would probably be doing nothing better on Sunday (besides hopefully turning on lights on my apartment if I get power back). So, I’ll be running — and donating $26.20 myself (not much, but something)!

  2. janegwinston November 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    I just love your blog! It’s so inspiring, witty, entertaining, etc. My boyfriend was en route to NYC when the marathon was canceled. So, he had a nice visit there anyway…. Much Love. XOXO

  3. janegwinston November 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Katie,
    I just love your smart, witty and entertaining blog! It’s so fun to read. [And inspiring. I keep debating what I am going to do next with my running. Take it to the next level or leave it as is.] My boyfriend was flying to NY when the marathon was canceled. So he had a nice trip to NYC. Much Love. XOXO

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