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A NYSC Fundraiser Fit For Giving

Written on November 16, 2012 at 10:53 am , by

Celebrate Thanksgiving by sweating it out at NYSC and supporting a good cause! (Photo courtesy of New York Cares)

The ultimate feast-off is one week away so what better way to start the season of giving than giving back? Work off that slice (or two!) of pie and help raise money for the New York Cares Hurricane Sandy relief effort at the New York Sports Clubs’ “Work Out to Help Out” fundraiser. Every NYSC location will be selling three-day guest passes for $20 from Friday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 25. 100 percent of the fundraiser proceeds will be donated to New York Cares, as well as a portion of every new member’s initiation fees. Special program classes, like NYSC’s new UXF Burn and UXF Ripped, will also be offered at each location.

Interested in lending a hand post-sweat? Gym goers can find out more information on local New York Cares volunteer opportunities and coat-drive drop off locations. Learn more about the “Work Out to Help Out” initiative on NYSC’s website.

NYC Marathon Canceled: How Runners Inspire & Move Post Hurricane Sandy

Written on November 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm , by

New York Runners in Support of Staten Island

New York Runners in Support of Staten Island meeting at the ferry!

As a runner and part of the tight-knit New York City running community, I was conflicted that the famous ING NYC Marathon would still be on after Hurricane Sandy made her way through our state roaring her ugly head. I ran my first marathon, in the city I love only last year and the long, early morning training runs are still very fresh in my head. I’ll forever be a NYC marathoner. Training for a marathon is a monumental feat, one that requires more than one knows he or she can handle. So I can only imagine the frustration, anxiety and wave of emotions that a possible never-before cancellation of the race might have had on me if I were running in this year’s event. The New York City Marathon, the largest marathon in the world and undoubtedly the most famous 26.2 miles you’ll ever run, is the New York Road Runner’s premiere event and rakes in on average $340 million every year. The large paycheck takes care of the event’s ever-growing costs to put it together, as well helping produce the NYRR other signature races and charity organizations that go on throughout the four seasons. A cancellation of this event would be a huge blow to the future of the NYRR, as well as business’ all over the city. With more than 20,000 out-of-towners making the trek to the Big Apple for the race, a cancellation during our city’s biggest disaster, outside of 9/11, could very well be an economically poor decision.

However, news on Wednesday that the race would indeed go on, despite Hurricane Sandy relief efforts needed in so many neighborhoods, hurt so many more people than the NYRR had hoped it would help in the wake of the superstorm. New Yorkers were outraged that holding the race and using resources like volunteers, generators, and simple things like bottles of water, would benefit runners and not those affected by the devastation. There were areas in Staten Island that had yet to even receive assistance, and with the marathon’s starting line on Staten Island’s border, New York runners were unsure about stepping foot over the bridge and leaving briskly without lending a helping out. Runners with a golden ticket to Sunday’s race were offering to defer their spot until 2013, realizing that this year’s race was surely not going to be the same. So when the marathon was eventually cancelled at the eleventh hour, the community of New York City runners, led by sports medicine doctor Jordan Metzl, decided to put their energy—and miles logged—to good use. They would run their way through Staten Island, carrying necessities and goods that families were in need of, and deliver door to door to those areas most affected by the wrath of Sandy.

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Fit Links: Hurricane Sandy and the New York City Marathon

Written on November 2, 2012 at 11:50 am , by

The ING NYC Marathon is now called the Race to Recover. Good idea?

The northeast was badly affected by Hurricane Sandy this week. We hope everyone is safe and keep you in our thoughts.

  • Your turn: What do you think? Should the ING NYC Marathon go on? Tell us in the comments below.