In an effort to help out displaced NYC Marathon runners and to generate revenue in his city, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced that 3,000 runners who had signed up for New York will be allowed to run in the Philadelphia Marathon next weekend.
There will be a lottery for these interested participants.
"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the many challenges created by it, we are honored to welcome New York City Marathon participants to Philadelphia," Nutter said. "We understand that marathoners have invested a great deal of time, training and dedication to prepare, and so we've decided that adding up to 3,000 competitors is something we can do to support the running community."
The registration fee for NYC Marathon runners is $200. Half of that will be donated to the Red Cross and the other half will go to the Philadelphia Marathon to cover the logistics of hosting more runners.