A slight amount of soreness from a nearly 27-mile run on Sunday couldn’t prevent Julia Burke from feeling “better than I ever have” in the days following her makeshift marathon in Delaware Park.
Burke’s efforts ended up raising in excess of $4,000 toward Superstorm Sandy relief, although the amount could be much higher. The Allentown resident’s Facebook campaign to build awareness and raise money for victims of the hurricane attracted about 200 people, many of whom joined her at various times during her 15 laps of Delaware Park.
“Originally it was just going to be me doing laps by myself,” she said. “I think people really care here. This is a community that wants to come together to help.”
Burke, 26, trained four months for her first New York City Marathon, which ultimately was canceled due to the storm’s impact on the city. The assistant editor at Buffalo Spree decided to run anyway – in Buffalo, on behalf of Red Cross hurricane relief efforts.
About $2,700 was donated on race day at the park. Burke said she already forwarded the money to the Red Cross. Another $1,500 was donated online, including a $500 gift from local restaurateur Mike Shatzel, said Burke.
“That’s the amount that I’m aware of,” she said.
Another two dozen or more friends told Burke they donated online to the Red Cross, but Burke wasn’t sure of the amount of those gifts.
Burke said she has a spot in next year’s New York City Marathon and is planning to be there. She also won’t rule out another makeshift marathon here in Buffalo to raise money for charity.