Runners help victims of Hurricane Sandy

Social media played a major role in the effort of the hundreds of would-be New York City marathoners who helped Hurricane Sandy victims on Staten Island. Their efforts were anchored around a New York Runners in Support of Staten Island Facebook page and #SupportStatenIsland hashtag.

The Facebook page has more than 5,100 likes. Video, images, reports and tweets from the effort were posted throughout the day. The Facebook page was founded by sports medicine doctor and runner Dr. Jordan Metzl.

"Runners and walkers and everyone who collected, packed, showed up in orange, stayed cheerful/flexible/focused, hit the ground with heavy backpacks and targeted areas and people that needed it most: You not only dropped off supplies, but you really rolled up your sleeves to help the community," he posted Sunday night.

Steve Mackel, a volunteer with the group, produced the YouTube video.

"I ended up running about 7 miles with my pack of supplies and 7 miles back to the Ferry," he wrote. "I'm still lost emotionally. Those people are tough."

Runners and volunteers posted photos of the lingering damage:

”Complete devastation on Staten Island. Wow.”

From New York Runners In Support of Staten Island via Facebook.

From karlavillarreal1 via Instagram.


• Rob Gronkowski and Patrick Chung of the New England Patriots showcased somewhat different cultural pursuits during their bye week. For Gronkowski, it was the "Halo 4 Bowl," featured on SportsNation. His Team Gronk, which included Patriots teammates Wes Welker and Donald Thomas, were defeated by Team Cruz -- featuring New York Giants Victor Cruz, Ramses Barden and Terrell Thomas.

Meanwhile, Chung, whose mother, Sophia George-Chung, was a popular reggae artist, sang with the Boston Children’s Chorus on Sunday as it kicked off its 10th anniversary season.

• The Pittsburgh Steelers commuted in and out of New Jersey on Sunday for their win over the Giants and chronicled the trip on the team's Twitter feed:

• The Chicago Bears beat Tennessee 51-20 on Sunday, and free-agent wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker was decidedly neutral. He grew up in Orlando with Chris Johnson and played at the University of Central Florida with Brandon Marshall.

Johnson wouldn't call his game "good."

• "Magic Carpet Ride" briefly achieved human flight and captured the first-place prize in the Red Bull Flugtag event in Miami on Saturday. Participants tried their best to see whose human-powered wings would take them the farthest, and look good while doing it.

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