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              Runners who were planning to run in the New York City Marathon run through Central Park in Manhattan in an alternative marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. The official race was canceled because of Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Cara Anna)
              Runners who were planning to run in the New York City Marathon run through Central Park in Manhattan in an alternative marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. The official race was canceled because of Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Cara Anna)   

NY marathon canceled? Tell that to the runners

Never mind the cancellation. Here comes the marathon.

Thousands of runners are pouring into New York City’s Central Park to do what they planned to do along — run 26.2 miles. That’s despite the official marathon being canceled Friday evening because damage from the superstorm.

Teams of runners from Italy, Germany, Spain and elsewhere started dashing into the park shortly after dawn to put together their own personal marathons. A little more than four laps around the park will do it.

It’s a throwback to the very beginning of New York’s marathon, which was run inside the park.

The organizer of one group called Run Anyway, Lance Svendsen, says, “A lot of people just want to finish what they’ve started.”