tomorrow, january 31, running legend ted corbitt would have been 91 years old. he died in 2007, a month shy of his 89th birthday. in 2008 a 24 hour run was held in his honor and, the following month, the new york road runners renamed the hot chocolate 15k the ted corbitt 15k in his honor.
for the the last 10 years dave obelkevich has organized a "run around manhattan" in ted's honor. ted was famous for his training runs that included a loop the city! since ted corbitt's death, the run has been to celebrate his memory. tomorrow morning, a couple of dozen intrepid runners and fans of ted will set off on the 32 mile loop. it's an informal, self-supported, event -and runners can complete any portion - or the the entire distance.
i'm headed in with eliot and emmy. a few more b.u.s. members, phil and grant among them, should also be there. any and all interested runners are welcome to join us. we start at 755 west end avenue at 8 am. here, courtesy of dave, is the basic outline of the loop - including the designated rest areas :D
W on 97, cross Riverside Dr., go into Riverside Park and run N about 1/3 mile.
Sharp L on path under HH Parkway.
N on "Bike Path" for 4+ miles. R on Riverside Dr; L on Staff St, immediate L on Dyckman to end. R on path, passing baseball fields to pedestrian overpass, going over train tracks, going N.
Keep L at any forks; goes W under Henry Hudson Bridge (which goes into Bronx), keep L to Inwood Park.
Enter the park, L on Indian Road to end; R on W. 218 St to Broadway and TWIN DONUTS and other places. Eat, drink, be merry for ~20 min.
South on Broadway to 215 (last farm in NYC!), bear L onto 10 Ave (under the El). Passing 207 St, bear R = NAGLE At Dyckman, angle L = ST.NICHOLAS (Ft. George Hill = UP!!).
At top of hill, S on St. Nicholas to 190 St.;
E on 190 to end; S on Amsterdam to 170 St.
S on EDGECOMB to 141 St, becomes BROADHURST = ST. NICHOLAS
E on 124 to MT. MORRIS PARK WEST = NYC Marathon route!.
follow outside of part to 5 Ave, turn R = south
South on 5th Ave to 87 or 86 St, turn L = east to York Ave: Bob's Bagels or Mansion Diner, cor 86/York Ave. Eat, etc for 20 min (alternate is Tal Bagels, just W of York Ave.
East on 86 St. into Carl Schurs Park (up the stairs), then South along the river.
At 62 St, W over FDR to York Ave, then South to the end = 53 St,
E over FDR to river; South along river to 34 St;
W (!) on 34 to 1st Ave, then South
E on 23 St. to end, go over FDR and South in the park.
Pass 8th St. track (optional 10 laps!) into BATTERY PARK; pass under 2 bridges
becomes SOUTH ST, go under BKLYN BRIDGE to STATEN ISLAND FERRY TERMINAL go upstairs. Approx. 24 miles.
N to State St, bear L along curve; 1st L = BATTERY PLACE to end.
R on WEST St. for long distance. Passing Chelsea Piers (22 St.) bear L to 12th AVE. Careful at STREET CROSSINGS!!
Enter Riverside Park near 72 St; exit at 95th St to RIVERSIDE DRIVE.
Cross exit road (go N) and continue N over bridge (note bldg. cor. 96th)
At 97 St., cross RSD, going E, up hill to WEST END AVE, 1 block = 755 WEA
1st Stop: Carrot Top Pastries, 5025 B'way @ 214 St. 212 569-1532; Twin Donuts, cor. 218 @ Bway; El Sol del Cibao, 5085 Bway S of 218 St. 212 304-3333
2nd Stop: Mansion Restaurant, 1634 York/ 86 St. 212 535-8888; Bagel Bob's, 1638 York 212 535-3838; Tal Bagel, 333 E. 86 just W of 1 Ave. 212 427-6811
Last Stop: 755 West End Ave.