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Monday, November 5, 2012
Runners help victims of Hurricane Sandy

By Bill Speros
Special to

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:

This was part of what we helped with in #SupportStatenIsland ..…— Jenna Autuori (@FITNESSjenna) November 4, 2012


”Complete devastation on Staten Island. Wow.”

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

Over 1000 runners abt to run and help! #supportstatenisland #sandy #nyrr #help #nyccomingtogether — Karla Villarreal (@karlavillarreal) November 4, 2012

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.

— Boston Children's C. (@BCChorus) November 4, 2012
Amazing performance by @patrickchung25 w/ @bcchorusPatrick is great on the field and on the stage we were all proud!… — David Howse (@dchowse) November 5, 2012
@daprincej no worries bro. I had a blast!!! — Patrick Chung (@PatrickChung25) November 4, 2012

• 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:
New York/New Jersey… — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 4, 2012

• 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.
Proud to see my brother @bmarshall @chrisjohnson28 have good games today against each other, the score didnt even matter to me... — MIKE SIMS-WALKER (@MikeSimsWalker) November 5, 2012
Johnson wouldn't call his game "good."
All I can say is damn I can't let my team, coaches, and fans down like that with two fumbles got to be better then that.

— Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson28) November 4, 2012

• "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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