NYC Runners Organize Staten Island Relief Effort Using Facebook
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NYC Runners Organize Staten Island Relief Effort Using Facebook

Nearly 6,000 runners and supporters have gathered on Facebook to help Staten Island recover in the weeks after Hurricane Sandy.

The group’s next mission will take place at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday. Hundreds of runners are expected to meet at the Staten Island Ferry, take the 20-minute ride across the bay and run with book bags full of supplies to the borough’s storm-ravaged neighborhoods. The runners who have organized this next mission will bring supplies and food door-to-door in the hardest hit neighborhoods including New Dorp, Oakwood Heights and Crescent Beach.

Many Staten Island families and homeowners lost everything when storm surges submerged entire homes and local businesses in almost eight feet of water. Residents need non-perishable food, pet food, flashlights, batteries, trash bags, baby formula and pre-paid cell phones. The Facebook group’s creator Dr. Jordan Metzl, a sports medicine doctor and triathlete, wrote.

We will plan on running through Staten Island (routes to be determined) and distributing our supplies both in relief centers and door to door.

All volunteers are welcome, according to the Facebook page. Even non-runners can meet the group on a pre-determined route by taking the train a little farther instead of running the entire way.

The Facebook page “New York Runners in Support of Staten Island” sprung up two hours after the official cancelation of this year’s New York Marathon was confirmed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York Road Runners, the organizers of the race.

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