Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/7/12

They don't call it the City of Brotherly Love for nothing — and now we know why. Organizers of the sold-out Nov.18 Philadelphia Marathon have opened up 3,000 slots for runners who didn't get to compete in last Sunday's ING New York City Marathon because of Hurricane Sandy. Runners who were registered for the more famous marathon 120 miles up the N.J. Turnpike can enter a lottery to register for the 26.2 run through Philadelphia beginning Wed., Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. EST at the Philadelphia Marathon website.  The offer is good solely to those previously registered in the NYC Marathon. Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. Thursday; a computer will randomly select up to 3,000 people. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said Tuesday that his city would be happy to give some lucky runners a chance to race after the NYC Marathon became a center of controversy and was cancelled. "We understand marathoners have invested a great deal of time, training and dedication to prepare," he said of the gesture.  "It's something we can do to support the running community." Way to go Philly.

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