Harvard seniors Sam Whitmore and Meredith Baker founded their friendship two years ago as running partners — and while they have grown closer in other ways in their time in Cambridge — they were excited to culminate their training by running the ING New York City Marathon together on Sunday.
But after Hurricane Sandy ravaged on the City, they — like many others — felt that for the Marathon to continue as planned would have required an inappropriate allocation of resources given the circumstances. With New York close to both of their hearts — Sam grew up in Manhattan and attended Stuyvesant High while Meredith’s grandparents live in Queens — they agreed with Friday’s decision to cancel the Marathon.
But they still intend to run on Sunday. In fact, they will run the full 26.2 miles for which they’ve been training. Only the course will be in Boston instead of New York. They now not only hope to achieve the goal of finishing — they hope to raise awareness and funds to aid those in dire need back in New York. Sam and Meredith ask that you be a part by donating to the American Red Cross on their fundraising page.
They have asked Harvard student groups for a show of solidarity by either coordinating a ‘water stop’ or running a leg of the marathon with Sam and Meredith. Contact Tyler Cusick, a former Harvard runner, to participate.
The NYC Marathon along the Charles will begin at 10 am (the same time the INGNYCM was scheduled) at the Weeks Footbridge. Sam and Meredith will be run three loops around the Science Museum to complete the 26.2 miles. They would LOVE some company for the run!