Now is the PERFECT time of year to get out and explore new paths and parks and even try out a 5K on the world famous trails of Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The park is home to tons of high school, college and NYRR races throughout the fall XC season. I ran in the Harry Murphy 5k there last Sunday and it was a gorgeous day and the trails were a blast. If you've been scared off in the past by the thousands of people at an NYRR race, this is a totally different experience! Last week there were just a few hundred people of all ages and its a much more relaxed atmosphere. I decided that morning to hop on the 1 train to 242nd St and run, there's registration at the park and its only $10 (less if you register online ahead of time at nyrr.org)
Think it sounds like a fun, possibly new challenge for you or just a great chance to get in some hills and speedwork? You're in luck- the Kurt Steiner 5K is this Sunday at 11:30am (see, you even get to sleep in!!) Registration takes place by the tortoise and the hare statue just a few blocks north of the 242nd st 1 train station. Go for it, you'll thank me later :) To register and for directions check out the NY Road Runners site here . Oh and there's free and secure baggage dropoff so you can stash your extra layers.
oh and the photo is courtesy of nyrr.org I should remember to bring my own camera this weekend!