this is a SHORT post because I just wanted to tell you guys back in November a few friends-coworkers, and I got up early, took the train to Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza and run SORT-OF the new course of the United Airlines NYC Half. I say sort-of because I couldn’t get them to shut down traffic on the top level of the Manhattan Bridge for us four, same with the FDR drive… oh well.
All about the course is on the race page. And there’s even a neat course map!
What I can tell you is that the course is QUITE AMAZING. Literally. I was saying that every mile.
The first 2-mile stretch from Grand Army Plaza is straight and WIDE. There’s also lots of stuff to look at. Sidenote: I need to run in Brooklyn more. I was a full-blown tourist.
The race starts behind the Arch so, like in the Brooklyn Half, we run around it.
Then you are in Flatbush Avenue, which is quite nice, straight to the Manhattan Bridge, to settle on a good pace.
Then you go on the top of the Manhattan Bridge….!!!!!!!! We had to settle for the side path, but the views are INSANE. I really need to run there more often, it’s soo beautiful. I can’t even imagine how much better is on the top as you get two bridges up there: Brooklyn Bridge on the left, Williamsburg Bridge on the right. I can’t. Too good.
A few blocks around Chinatown/Lower East Side and you’ll be in the FDR. Also, we were on the sidewalk there, but LOVED the sights!!!!!! (I REALLY need to get out of Central Park once in a while!)
Then the United Nations (you don’t need a picture, do you?), then we get on 42nd street, we run by Grand Central and the NY Public Library…
a right turn and you’re on TIMES SQUARE!
YES, the only day of the year I am OK to be at Times Square!
You then run to the park and you do a right onto the East Drive, Hail to the Fred as we did:
across 102 cross-drive to the Finish…
I was in shock at how much I loved it. We had Times Square and Central Park in the previous edition, but hey, now you get to run ON TOP OF A BRIDGE!!!!!!!!!!! I know other people do that in other cities, but it’s NOT NYC. And really, other than running on the Golden Gate, what’s cooler than a major NYC bridge? huh? And seeing the Empire State Building right up ahead? When do we have that? Anyway, TOO FRUNNING GOOD!!
Here’s the course profile if you need it, to start obsessing, as some of you would, though I wouldn’t.
The mapped routes are here: Strava and MapMyRun if for some reason you want to check them out. Again, the strava is more trustworthy accurate as I had to do a few parts of the MapMyRun manually, so there’s about 200 meters over in that one. Though you can see they’re very similar!
Who’s excited? Questions?