Fil-Ams join marathon to raise funds for Sandy victims

By Lenn Almadin Thornhill, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Nov 12 2012 02:02 PM | Updated as of Nov 12 2012 10:02 PM

MANHATTAN, NY - About 40 Filipinos and few supporters excitedly enjoyed a refreshing break from the cold chilly New York weather and ran a 5 mile marathon around Central Park in Manhattan on Sunday morning.
Members of Fil Am Tri Club, a group of triathletes from the New York area, spent a few hours running to raise funds for the victims of superstorm Sandy.

“We've identified some families who were directly affected by the hurricane in Staten Island so we're gonna donate directly to them and we're collecting some supplies, some blankets that we know some people may need whose house got blown from the storm” said Arland Macasieb.

Some of runners were supposed to take part at the cancelled New York City Marathon. Instead of sulking, they focused their efforts in organizing this fundraising event.

“I think we heard we raised a thousand dollars so far. I mean, in such short of time we are able to gather this much support, that tells me that the group is really strong, tight knit and we really support each other. So it was an awesome day to run,” said Isang Smith.

It took the group less than a week to have this organized, and the goal is to continue their efforts to hold events like this to raise more funds. 

Meanwhile, after a long breathtaking run, some enjoyed special treat.

The group later headed to Staten Island to drop off collected donations.