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Running: A Bridge Too Far!03 July 2004
Here's my latest nemesis - A running route that goes over the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. It has some great views but those long bridge ascents makes it really tough. So far I havent been able to run the whole thing. I end up walking (and enjoying the scenic views) over the Brooklyn bridge. Click more for the map and route description.
I start along the promenade in Battery Park City, enjoying the cool ocean breaze and open space. Running anti-clockwise, you soon hit the Staten Island ferry terminal where the Greenway is a bit messed up and you have to negotiate roadworks, concrete 'jersey' barriers and the crowds getting off the ferry. Heading North, you will probably find some sort of activity at South Street Seaport - bands, dancing, some radio station promo event and then the very smelly fish packing warehouse. The brief section from the East Side River to the foot of the Manhattan bridge gives you a glimpse of Chinatown with its associated assault on your senses. The leg in Brooklyn is pretty brief and the challenge is to find the hidden entrance to the Brooklyn bridge! Back in Manhattan, you can either return by the route you came or take a shortcut accross town.
Length: 5.2 miles