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Tom L



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:18 am    Post subject: Running in New York City Reply with quote

I am going to be in New York next week for business and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts about running through Central Park as the hotel seems to overlook the south end of Central Park. Where in Central Park does the NY marathon finish?
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Doctor F



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Central Park is a great place to run. I can't recall the last time I ran there without it being a race, but so many people do. Wish I could join you.
Here are some maps.

The finish line is on the west side (West Drive) of the park around 67th.

http://www.nycmarathon.org/documents/INGNYCM11_Course_Map_ForWeb.pdf

http://www.centralparknyc.org/maps/
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T-Mu



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom, if you want running tips (or a superslow running partner), send me a PM and I'm happy to help out. Basically Central Park is safe to run almost any hour of the day from about 5am to 10pm or so (still safe before/after then, but I'd be comfortable during those hours by myself). The main loop of the park is 6m, but if you take the transverses you can create a 4 or 1.7m loop easily. Like David said, the marathon course enters the park at 90th St, takes the main drive south to exit the park at 59th St, then re-enters the park at Columbus Circle (southwest corner of the park) before running north to The Area Formerly Known as Tavern on the Green. The main 6m loop is rolling hills with a few that are worse than others ("Cat Hill" on the east side near the Met and "Harlem Hill" at the northern end of the park). Another option also is to run either the reservoir (several entrances; east 90th St. at Engineer's Gate is the largest/most popular - no bikes allowed on the reservoir path and notice that traffic only goes counterclockwise) or the bridle path around it (a slightly larger loop, but nice, non-paved terrain).
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And don't forget the Central Park Soundtrack: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/arts/music/bluebrains-app-central-park-listen-to-the-light.html
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