Monday, November 8, 2010

Disposable Clothes, a Miner, & the New York City Marathon

Edison Pena at the NYC Marathon finish line.

Yesterday was the 41st running of the New York City Marathon, a race I completed in 2005. There was an interesting story on ABC World News last night about the thousands of pounds of clothing the runners discard along the 26.2 miles of the course, stretching through all five boroughs. An organization called Wearable Collections picked up as much of it as they could to donate to different charities and to keep it from being collected by sanitation workers and dumped in a landfill.

I left behind a sweatshirt and a pair of gloves before I even got to the starting line in Staten Island and I wasn't the only one. It was like a crazy closet there in Fort Wadsworth, clothes draped everywhere over barricades or gently laid out on the sidewalks. It is so great to know the clothes go to people in need and I applaud the work Wearable Collections is doing. I should volunteer to pick up clothes for them next year.

The picture above features Edison Pena, one of the rescued Chilean miners, who completed the marathon in 5 hours and 40 minutes. This blows me away since he had no training other than the six miles he ran every day while trapped in the mine, which also blows me away. That is one tough man, although I have a feeling that after what he endured down in the mine the marathon was a piece of cake.

Congratulations to him and all the runners. The New York City Marathon course is especially difficult and when you finish it you feel like you are on top of the world.


Cloud of Secrets said...

I love the idea of the clothes being picked up for charity. I'd sometimes wondered about that as I watched long races on TV -- do the runners or their people go back and gather up their discarded gear?

Only thing is -- that's a lot of laundry for charity, too! Gotta get the runner-sweaty stuff fresh again.

jill815 said...

Eew yeah, those technical fabrics used in running clothes, the kind that wick away sweat, get so stinky! Laundering required!