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Winston-Salem family heading north for NYC Marathon

Posted on: 1:00 am, November 1, 2012, by , updated on: 08:16am, November 1, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – An area family still plans to tie up their laces at the New York City Marathon on Sunday, despite the dilemma of getting there.

The New York City Marathon, the world’s largest, will go on Sunday morning. 

Organizers have planned for nearly 50,000 runners but whether or not they can get to New York City is uncertain due to transportation in and out of the city being crippled by Hurricane Sandy.  

“It seems like everything has gone against us but we are going to get to New York one way or another,” said Robert Clark of Winston-Salem. 

Clark’s wife Debbie and adult children Ross, Wes and Kathryn plan to run in the race despite canceled and diverted flights. 

“We are going through Boston, spend the night in Boston and driving down into New York City,” said Debbie. She says she is running for those fighting cancer and beating it, including her husband — a 3 year survivor of prostate cancer.

“If we can make it to New York, it’s not about running the 26 miles, it’s about making a difference for New York City,” she said. 

Leading up to the race the family raised nearly $13,000 for the American Cancer Society and for the past several months have trained for the grueling 26.2 mile run.    

Running the race is amazing in itself for Debbie who just 7 years ago could barely walk due to vertigo, but says she fought and took up running to beat it. 

“You can’t quit, you have to keep going. If you just give up and sit down it will never get any better,” she said.  

“Life knocks you down but you just got to get back up,” said Robert. “Certainly New York City is an example for the whole country.  After 9/11 they got back up and they’ll get back up after this too.”

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