Eau Claire runners move forward after Sandy cancels NYC Marathon

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

NEW YORK (WEAU) - After being devastated by Superstorm Sandy, New York cancelled its marathon for the first time in its 40 year history.

Runners from Eau Claire got to New York Friday, only to learn the race was cancelled, but said the storm hasn't dampened their spirit.

As Sandy swept through the east coast, leaving more than 100 dead and millions without power, New York City was forced to make the decision.

More than 1,100 miles away, one woman trained to run the race on her own road to recovery.

WEAU interviewed Carrie Malicki of Lake Hallie in May, as she started preparing for the New York City Marathon with Eau Claire YMCA personal trainer Sarah Crawford.

"I don't have any reason why I couldn't do it except for I'm not trained for it," Malicki said in May.

Diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in 2010, Malicki said she finished treatment a year later, and after six months of training and fundraising for cancer foundations, a surgery kept her out of signing up for the race. But, she made the trip in support of Crawford and their friend and Eau Claire native turned New Yorker Andrew Brandt.

"We got in (Friday) and literally right when we got on the bus, we found out on Facebook that the race was cancelled," Crawford said Saturday.

On a video call Saturday from Times Square, the three said they have mixed feelings on the cancellation, just like the thousands of other runners forced to change their plans.

"It was probably a good decision. But again, very disappointing," Crawford said.

But the runners said they aren't letting Sandy or the cancellation keep them from fulfilling their personal and philanthropic goals to those battling cancer and the storm's aftermath.

"Andrew and I are planning a 26 mile run for (Sunday) morning," Crawford said.

"As a New Yorker/Wisconsinites; we are resilient. We will move on, do what we can to show our support for others," Brandt said.

"We're here and we're surviving and thriving and you can do wonderful things with your life, even after a devastating diagnosis, so I kind of want people to know that life doesn't stop when you're told that you have cancer," Malicki said.

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