Marathon runners aid Sandy relief effort

Hundreds of runners in New York City are refusing to let a cancelled marathon spoil their Sunday plans and are channelling months of preparation into informal runs intended to benefit victims of superstorm Sandy.

More than 1,000 people, many of whom had planned to run the race, crowded onto two Staten Island Ferry boats with relief supplies for the stricken borough.

Meanwhile on Sunday morning, Central Park was crowded with runners on near what would have been the marathon's finish line, many collecting donations for Sandy victims.

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NY housing warning as cold hits

New York's political leaders warned that thousands could need to be re-housed as a cold snap hits the state. Near freezing temperatures are adding to the misery of communities devastated by superstorm Sandy across the east coast.