New York City runners racing for the Blue Card, a charity that provides aid to destitute Holocaust survivors; photo by Monika Graff for The New York Times

(New York Times)  Despite the October 20th post’s bleak outlook on charitable giving, encouragement is still coming to the nonprofit world in some aspects.  Marathon running is not just a competition or a means to fight heart disease: it’s a race for the common good.  Through the five boroughs of New York, 7,400 runners out of 43,000 will be running the New York City marathon for charity.  Racing 26.2 miles for a cause is old hat in London, where 80% of the total 36,550 competitors ran for charities in 2010, accruing $81 million for various nonprofits.  But the idea is catching on, and rapidly so, in the city of New York.  Eighty-six charity teams will be competing in the race.  Mary Wittenberg, the New York Road Runners‘ chief executive, said, “It’s so compelling.  The potential we have to have a huge, positive impact on these charities encourages us to be really creative and persistent to increase that impact.”