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Thousands Of People Ran A Marathon In Central Park Today Even Though The Race Was Canceled

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The ING New York City Marathon may have been canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, but that didn't stop nearly 2,000 runners from completing a 26.2-mile circuit in Central Park on Sunday.

The runners, including groups that had arrived from abroad and members of Achilles International, who support marathoners with disabilities, started arriving just after dawn to run laps around the park, clocking the distance on their Garmin watches.

There were none of the usual crowds or water stations, but small groups of spectators dotted the makeshift route and cheered on the runners. And a few individuals handed out water cups and collected garbage.

Things were most lively by the finish line, which was fenced off but swarming with runners and their families.

Meanwhile, huge numbers of would-be marathoners boarded the ferry to Staten Island to help with relief efforts there.

The ING New York City marathon may have been canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, but that didn't stop the runners.



Nearly 2,000 people participated in an unofficial marathon around Central Park.



They had to share the road with strollers, bikers, and cycle taxis.



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