No York Marathon raises money for Sandy victims

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Carpenter raised more than $400 from his run, which he plans to donate to the Red Cross to help victims of superstorm Sandy.Tony Carpenter was packing his bags and heading for the airport when he learned the New York City Marathon was cancelled.

“I got a call from a neighbor,” Carptenter recalled. “I thought he was joking.”

by: JAIME VALDEZ - Runner Tony Carpenter ran the New York City Marathon at Tigard High School, Sunday, after the marathon was canceled in New York.Carpenter spent years trying to run in the world’ largest race and months preparing for the 2012 New York marathon.

Carpenter finally secured the funds to compete, but, this year, after Hurricane Sandy rocked the East Coast, cutting power to millions and flooding portions of New York, city officials canceled the race only a few hours before Carpenter was due to fly to The Big Apple.

The setback didn’t deter Carpenter from accomplishing his dream.

“After a couple hours, after I had my own little pity part for myself, I knew I had to do something,” he said.

Carpenter and his friends decided to run the marathon anyway — at Tigard High School.

Dubbed the “No York Marathon” Carpenter and about 100 local friends and runners ran the 26.2-mile race around the high school track.

It took 105 laps and hours of slow going due to a leg injury Carpenter suffered earlier this month.

“By lap 20, I was in pain,” he said.

It took Carpenter more than six hours to run the marathon.

“It was one of my worst marathon times,” he admitted.

Carpenter collected donations from friends and family, which will go to the American Red Cross. In total, Carpenter estimates about 100 people stopped by the No York event.

A website has so far collected more than $400. It’s not a lot, Carpenter said, but it’s the least he could do.

“I was disappointed, but I didn’t lose my house,” he said. “I can’t be too upset that I don’t get to go do this thing I wanted to do.”

On his last lap, a nearby soccer practice stopped and cheered as he crossed the finish line.

“It was really nice,” he said.

Carpenter still hopes to run in the real New York City Marathon someday, but for now the “No York Marathon” will do just fine.

“It’s the only marathon I’ve ever won,” Carpenter said, laughing.

To donate to the “No York Marathon” fundraiser for the Red Cross, visit

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