i'd though about this switch for a couple of weeks, and now it's definite. i'm looking forward to the great train race tomorrow - a point to point roller coaster from new canaan to wilton! and i'm more than a bit relieved at not having to make the drive over to staten island for the half marathon.
actually, the drive to staten island is easy. it's the drive home (from any event on staten island), however, that always seems to turn into a traffic nightmare for me. in fact, the last staten island half i ran (2005?), don, emmy and i got lost - of all places - in BROOKLYN - when we came back over the verrazano bridge! talk about bad luck/karma!
the switch from the staten island half does put a dent in my plan to run a "true" half marathon for the phedippidations world-wide half marathon challenge. but, if i run the great train race course back to my car, that covers more than the half marathon distance (13.6 v. 13.1) so it should work out!
the course follows the train route between new canaan and wilton. from the flyer, "It takes three separate trains and 59 minutes of riding time to get from New Canaan to the Wilton station. Want to challenge the Iron Horse?" and the course itself, regardless of the train connection, is awesome. this is the description from the clubct email reminder: "This course is absolutely breathtaking, both aesthetically and athletically. The climbs are worth the views, especially crossing the reservoir as the foliage reflects off the water. If you can do a bit over 8 min. pace you will beat the train from NC to Wilton."
i last ran this race in 2006, and finished in just under 50 minutes. just behind emmy, actually, who was the first woman finisher that year! if you're within driving distance of new canaan, come and run this excellent course!
here is my great train race report.
here are some great race photos.