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Local Marathoner Hosts Race in Delaware Park
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - The City of Buffalo may be nearly 400 miles away, but a group of dedicated Western New Yorkers showed their support for people in storm battered New York City by running for fun and fundraising.

Runners, volunteers, and contributors all became part of Team Julia on Sunday to assist Julia Burke of Buffalo, a Clarence resident, who was supposed to run in the New York City Marathon today.

Due to Hurricane Sandy's impact on that city, she opted instead to set up her own hastily arranged, symbolic 26 point 5 mile marathon run in Delaware Park.

And other Western New Yorkers just joined in to help in any way they could.

"I thought if I donated my travel expenses to the Red Cross I could still get in my race and feel good about it," Julia Burke told 2 on Your Side. "Well I guess other people wanted to help out too. So it kind of spread from people who wanted to help run to people who just wanted to donate and it's been amazing."

Other runners who also planned originally to run in New York City provided donations for the Autism Speaks Foundation.

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