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The 2012 ING New York City Marathon may have been canceled this year, but the impact of all the hard work of our Team Reeve athletes didn't go to waste. Here's an email from one of our runners this year, Prithvi Shah, PhD, Post Doctoral Fellow, Edgerton Laboratory, UCLA.
I was in NJ since Thursday prepping for the race. But I agree, the decision to cancel the Marathon was the right one (albeit too late). But I have NO COMPLAINS AT ALL. I actually got VERY lucky - I ended up staying at a friend's place in Weehawken who had both electricity and public transport open in her neighborhood (my initial plan was to stay in a hotel that told me two hours before my flight that there was no electricity and transportation to the hotel.
My friend, without a moment's doubt offered both my pick up at the airport and a stay at her home!!!). Besides, friends from Atlanta and Florida who came to cheer me up for the race ended up staying with us - in a way, we had an INDOOR reunion! We had all met after three years and we made the best of the time. Of course, we were all quite disturbed by the plight of the city - first hand witnessing no street lights, the one mile long lines at the Gas Station, no signal/traffic lights, huge losses of goods in food-stores etc.
At my end, of course the past five-six months were quite intense - training, raising funds, and getting all excited and anxious for the Country's greatest race. So after the cancellation of the NYC Marathon, my initial 20-30 minute response was sadness. But soon that day I recovered and signed up for a local race the following weekend here in Malibu. I ran the Malibu Half Marathon - and our very own Spaniard Guillermo [another Edgerton Lab Associate] joined me too for the race :). I am sending you a picture of the Half at the start-line. Notice that I dedicated the run to TEAM REEVE by wearing the REEVE Tee. The arm warmers have the NYC Marathon Logo - so had NYC in my mind throughout the course.
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