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The Race at Roosevelt Island (10K)
1st April 2012
On an Easter break to New York I managed to sneak out to do this 9am race. I got there on the F-line subway. Trains ran every 20 minutes and the journey time was about 8 minutes I think.
Although 'package pick-up' ('package' = race number and chip + gift) was an inconvenient two days before the race, the organisers very helpfully allowed pick-up on race day too. This included a wonderful race umbrella (see below). Airlines are very fussy about taking even small pointy things on planes, but this is the second time I had no objection to taking a 1m long, pointy golf umbrella as carry on!
Anyway, my race number came with chip and a tear-off strip that I pinned to my bag. At the end I showed my race number to reclaim my bag. Very efficient. There were also FREE breakfasts. Unfortunately I didn't have time for the breakfasts as I had to be at Penn station for 11am.
The course is essentially a flat two laps around the Island, the first being smaller. There are a few rises (e.g. at the start) and a little head wind, The northern-most point goes round a small light house.
The other runners were very friendly, as also were New Yorkers generally. Hi to Donald and Fabian! The F-line was closed for my return so I caught the aerial tram. I wasn't sure of the way but a nice lady I hadn't met before took me all the way to the street where my hotel was. That kindness wouldn't happen in London!
The results were out the following day, chip and gun times.
All-in-all a well run and friendly event (cost $30 = £20).
Roosevelt Island is much nicer than these pictures make it appear!
The tent above and below is for on the day package pick up
You can leave bags at the area shown on the right
Race done - couldn't resist wearing my Rochdale vest. The race finished down by the trees. It starts a few hundred metres to the right of this picture.
Here is the race gift - a fabulous umbrella!
Copyright John Mayall 2012.