- 6 miles/10K
- Road Race
It was great to grab that early boat to Governor's Island with thousands of other runners. We had the place to ourselves before the other day trippers (like me and my family at other times) came across from NYC or Brooklyn.
Yeah, the event was in August, but the event was early in the day and had the benefit of the constant harbor breezes. We also had nice shade at the finish area. The simultaneous 5k was once around the park. The 10k twice. Stunning views, very flat course with very, very little elevation change. My Runkeeper app noted 46' of gain, but even that seems high.
This was maybe the fourth of fifth event with NYCRUNS, and I trust that their organization, setup, food, and workers will be good. Indeed props go to them in all of these categories. The start of this particular event, the first they seem to have done on GI, was delayed a bit by the ferry bringing other participants. Can't control the ferry, but it did just push the start back into the increasing heat by an extra twenty minutes.
Running around the newly opened portion of GI was a treat. The new paths were well used by the course as we doubled back into the island after mostly running around its perimeter. This route got us down the shaded Colonel's Row and to that bit of elevation by the north side of the fort.
A negative was the water stops. There was one by the start (for the start of the second loop in the 10k) and another stop at about mile 2 (and 5). But it was so hot that we could have used another stop even though it would be equivalent to mile 1 and 4. Still, we finished, took in the views, a friend one an age group award, and we returned on the ferry to see all of the day trippers ready to head out.