Central Park, Manhattan
4 December 2011
I finally broke the curse of the five-mile race. This was the fourth I registered for and the first I actually ran; I got sick before the other three races. I must still be experiencing some extra fitness from marathon training, because I actually ran a lot faster than I expected to.
I really loved this course. We started by Tavern on the Green (former), then headed south around the bottom of Central Park, up Cat Hill to the 102nd Street Transverse, down West Drive, with a finish on the 72nd Street Transverse. It doesn’t hurt that I’ve run this same loop multiple times with Achilles, but leaving Harlem Hill out of the equation and the mostly downhill last mile was awesome.
Post-race awards at the bandshell. That’s Tony Danza in the blue shirt to the right of the blue wall.