Monday, June 28, 2010

Summer Runnin', Having Some Fun ...

As I'm sitting here desperately praying for the summer storm to hit, and bring relief for this gosh-awful humidity, my thoughts are also turning to what the summer holds. Here's a look at some of the events that you might want to put on your calendars if it works out. One caveat: This by all means is not a comprehensive list - I'm deliberately picking and choosing, and I welcome comments on the omissions. (And by all means, if you're traveling, make sure you take a look at some of the local running clubs or local races in your neck of the woods).

July 4: Pepper Martin Run. Five miles, including a kick-ass hill, and a great post-race feed, all a worthy excuse to visit Staten Island before your evening festivities.

July 10: Take Your Base 5K at MCU Park (that's where the Cyclones play now). It's a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society, and a perfect excuse to drag the family out to Coney Island.

July 11: Utica Boilermaker 15K. One of the state's great races.

July 23: Dan Kelley Twilight Mile. I know nothing about this Staten Island race; that said it's an opportunity to race a classic distance on a track (bring your spikes!). An aside: Something like this needs to happen more often: How about a Brooklyn Track Festival out at Red Hook?

July 24: Queens Half Marathon. Still waiting on the course description. I love the comments on how to get there on the NYRR Web site: "Take the 7 Train to Mets-Willets Point station. More details coming soon."

Aug. 7: NYRR Club Championships. It's one of those races that still pulls in most of the best of the city. And when you look at the NYRR race results, and realize how many top runners *aren't* on club teams ...

Aug. 8: Sgt. Ferguson 5K on the Brooklyn Bridge. Perhaps I need to check my vacation schedule next year. I spend way too much time of my running time on the Brooklyn Bridge - it's time I should race it.

Aug. 15: Bronx Half. Grand Concourse. Middle of the summer or the middle of winter. Which is worse?

Aug. 18: Al Goldstein PPTC Summer Series. This is the last race of several in Prospect Park, and a perfect way to round up the summer racing season.

Aug. 22: Battle of Brooklyn 10-Miler. Sponsored by JackRabbit, it's 3 loops in Prospect Park ... or, run a 3-person relay. (Wait, hasn't this been done ...). If I'm in a betting mood: What's the over-under for the temperature spread at the start between the Cherry Tree and the Battle of Brooklyn ... Let's start at 60 degrees (F)

Needless to say, there are plenty of other races, and I welcome some shout-outs.


Kristin Miller said...

The Queens Half Marathon, well, I can just about bet my bottom dollar it's in Flushing Meadow Park. Did the 13.1 NYC marathon there, and I work in Corona, and that's about all there is to run on out there!

zbsports said...

Every summer is a great time to have fun run...I also join fun run in our area...some fun run have purpose like charity and donation...a pleasure to be a part of it...