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.
A housing crisis loomed in New York City as victims of superstorm Sandy struggled without heat in near-freezing temperatures.
Victims of superstorm Sandy on the East Coast of America are struggling against the cold among fuel shortages and power outages.
The New York marathon has been cancelled in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced.