Last night, the running community of NYC came together for Greg Hamiliton the manager of a local running store, Jack Rabbit. Greg's 22 and was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer. In less than a month, Jack Rabbit along with Cititri put together a 5k race in Prospect Park to help raise money for Greg. While he's lucky to have a job and insurance, he really can't work while undergoing treatment and the cost of living while fighting cancer can easily go through the roof.
When I showed up at the park last night, over 600 people had already pre-registered. By the time I signed up, I was #827. When the race started, they had run out of numbers.
Last night, we easily raised $20k for Greg. For someone most people running dont know or had met in the store. Now that's community.
My club, FRNY, has a charitable foundation which was initially set up to help member during the AIDS crisis. We now do outreach to other organization and folks in need. The foundation pledged $10 for every Front Runner who ran last night, added at least another $400 to the effort and the blue and orange was in full force last night.
It doesn't matter how I ran last night (um, not well) what matters is everyone coming together to help someone else, something we as runners can never do too much of.