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Marathoners and Out-of-Towners Turned Volunteers

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In an alternate universe, today New York City is festooned with all the trappings of its annual mega-marathon as 47,000 runners from all over the world through its streets, with many times that number cheering them on. But in our actual post-Hurricane Sandy universe, there is no marathon, only a city still reeling from the storm. 'Our first reaction was it's a shame,' longtime New Yorker Jordan Metzl (set to run his 30th marathon today) tells Bloomberg News. 'And then we wondered what can we start to do to help. Let's run into Staten Island.' He set up the Facebook group New York Runners in Support of Staten Island and this morning, he along with 500 other orange-jacketed runners streamed onto the 8:30 a.m. Staten Island Ferry with backpacks full of essential supplies -- batteries, hats and gloves, baby diapers, gift cards, and more -- to hand out to the distressed residents...

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