"Staten Island Day" held to honor borough

Kemberly Richardson has the story.
October 13, 2013 3:31:49 PM PDT
It is a tradition that signals that there are only a few short weeks until the ING New York City Marathon. On Sunday, thousands gathered for a 13.1 mile race - a practice run. However, this half marathon was not like any other.

The New York Road Runners decided to add in all of this, and call it "Staten Island Day", a chance to celebrate and honor a borough that went through so much when Superstorm Sandy hit.

"It puts people back in the mood, the community comes together, and everyone has fun," said Staten Island resident Kristy Levine.

Last year after the marathon was cancelled, many runners already in the area for the race donated their time, volunteering to help clean up Staten Island.

"It was astonishing, and when I saw the footage on the news, I thought 'this doesn't look real'," said runner Raymond Cuadrado.

Cuadrado is a New York City firefighter who was on duty in the days following Sandy. Like so many people at Staten Island Day, Cuadrado felt this was just a taste of things to come.

"A lot of guys, we're all running together, it's going to be a really good time, I'm really looking forward to it," Cuadrado adds.

This event has far-reaching effects. The New York Road Runners will donate at least $100,000 to two organizations working directly with those still dealing with the aftermath of Sandy.

"This borough has shown so much resiliency," said the CEO of New York Road Runners, Mary Wittenberg, "I am excited about the future, and what's going on here, so hats off to the borough president and everyone who has stood strong for Staten Island all year long."