Aussies plan park run in New York
BILLY Moore will have to think hard before having a go at next year's New York Marathon after this weekend's event was cancelled.
Race officials caved into growing criticism of them holding the event so soon after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the city.
So the State of Origin legend, his wife Kerri, and about 250 other Australians have decided to pound the pathways around Central Park instead.
A meeting of Australian participants soon after the marathon was cancelled agreed to hold their own "quasi marathon" through the iconic park.
They will also do their bit for the recovery effort.
"We decided to donate our excess clothing and make a donation to charity to help with the clean-up," Billy said from New York yesterday.
After spending almost a year preparing for the marathon - losing 12kg in the process - he said he was disappointed the race had been cancelled but understood the reasons why.
"What I think is they probably should have chosen that path earlier in the week, and not waited until 20,000 people were in the city ready to race," he said.
Billy admitted he would have to think about running in next year's race.
"My body isn't made for marathons. I've prepared for this one, so I have to work out if I'm going to go down the same path."