Atlanta runner Meg Flynn finished the New York City Marathon in 125 minutes.
Flynn was excited to embark on her first New York City Marathon – her first marathon, period, in fact. When NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg initially stated the massive event would proceed despite criticism that the timing was terrible, given his region’s post-hurricane shape, Flynn headed north.
You can guess how this story ends.
“Landed in NYC around 4:30 p.m.,” Flynn told us on Friday. “Super excited.”
That didn’t last.
During a bus ride into the city, she got a text. It looked like the marathon would be called off after all. Flynn had a “mini freak out” and was fighting back tears among strangers on the crowded bus.
Her plaintive post to her Facebook wall at the time: “Just landed in NYC and hearing rumors that the race is cancelled. Please tell me they’re just rumors?”
Then her phone rang. Some friends were in Savannah for Saturday’s “Rock n Roll Marathon.”
“Within 15 minutes, they had me booked on an 8:30 p.m. flight to Savannah. And registered for the race,” Flynn said. She got back on the bus and headed back to the airport just in time for a food-court meal to carb up.
“Welp, NYC, that was a nice 125-minute visit,” she posted.
In a message to us Flynn said she felt relieved despite her scuttled plans.
“I have spent $21 on bottled water in the past 12 hours in three airports,” she said. “But, I am feeling lucky. Other people on my bus to Grand Central had just landed from Dublin and Alberta. It was their big trip of the year! Another mom and daughter pair who got off their flights met and went straight back home to Charlotte and Boston.”
And of course her thoughts are with all the residents who are still dealing with power outages, damaged or destroyed homes or worse. Here’s a gallery of photos showing the havoc wrought by Superstorm Sandy.
Afterward Flynn messaged us from Savannah with a message of gratitude.
“Within 20 minutes of the cancellation, they had me booked on a flight to Savannah and registered for the Savannah race,” she said of her pals. “Picked me up at the airport at 11:30 p.m., just 8 and a half hours before their own race started,” said Flynn.
She played “New York, New York” and “New York State of Mind” on her iPod during the Savannah race in tribute to the folks up north.