Updated 11/07/2011 06:09 PM
Marathon Runners' Discarded Clothing Collected For Charity
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Before ING New York City Marathon runners started the race on Sunday, many discarded some of their clothing they use to stay warm while they waited.
Volunteers who helped organize the runners had their first pick from hats, heating pads and even tents lining the streets near Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island.
More than half the collected clothes were donated to local charities.
Last year, Rescue Mission of Trenton collected more than four tons' worth of items for homeless shelters.
"The economy being the way it is, donations have been off. Seems like there's more and more competition for these kind of donations, so it's really important for us to get all the clothing we can," said Doug Libeau of Rescue Mission of Trenton.
After the last group of runners headed out on their 26.2-mile journey, the city Sanitation Department and others started cleaning the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge so it could reopen.
More than 800 volunteers contributed to the clean-up.