Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene Aftermath

Based on TV reports and eyewitnesses, there are actually people up and about, running at places such as the Coney Island Boardwalk and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade! At least in the Heights, few tree branches and limbs down, though we're not done yet. Just be safe, people.

Water is covering some places in lower Manhattan along the water's edge (i.e. the prime running paths) - CNN has some shots of anchors with water lapping at their ankles - though hasn't really advanced much further. In Brooklyn between Piers 1 and 6, a few places have water on them, as the East River is right up near the top of the land.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Watch World Championships for Free

As much as I love the fact that Universal Sports covers track and field, I'm not going to pay $14.95 to watch the World Championships when I can watch them for free here.

(Thanks to Running Times for providing the link).

Great stuff both early and late in day (watched the women's 10K final earlier this morning), and also tons of other sports as well.

Stay Safe

As tempting as it will be to go for a long run during the hurricane (well, tempting for some of you - yes, you know who you are), take a second to consider the tree limbs that will be hurtling in your likely direction.

Category 1 or no, Irene will leave a lasting impact on the area - make sure you're not part of the story.

If you've been living under a rock the past couple of days, all three NYRR races are canceled this weekend. The next NYRR/Marathon qualifying run is Sept. 17 - the Fitness 4-miler, though entries are limited.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Weather and This Weekend's Races

Hurricane Irene is already starting to wreak some havoc with race planning, so it's a good idea to be flexible.

As of now, both Sunday's Henry Isola X/C race in Van Cortlandt and the Bronx Half will be run as scheduled ... NYRR urging people to watch their website for updates. (My guess is that if there are any potential issues, the Bronx Half will be held as a "fun" run so that everyone who entered will get it as a qualifying race, though we'll see).

I do have to say, running the Bronx in rain is *much* more appealing than 90-degree temps.

Do keep a wary eye out if you're running something else on Sunday, and please, be careful.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Free Entries to Rock 'N Roll 10K in Prospect Park*

*Of course there's a catch.

You have to be an Active Advantage member *and* you have to be one of the first 20 to sign up at 1 p.m. *today* (Tuesday, Aug. 23)

Otherwise? Steep, steep entry fee of $60 if you're planning to run. The race is Oct. 22.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Battle of Brooklyn Tomorrow in Prospect Park

The 2nd annual JackRabbit Battle of Brooklyn takes place tomorrow in Prospect Park tomorrow at 8 a.m.

Three loops, 10 miles - it's similar to the Cherry Tree that's run in the winter.

There's still time to register online ($25) or pay $30 tomorrow at the door. And yes, there's a relay!

And, of course, a gimmick:

This year we're adding a new element: "Time your Climb" sponsored by Garmin. Each runner will not only receive their splits for the three loops, you'll also receive your splits for climbing Prospect Park's big hill. In each age/gender category, there will be a "Time your Climb" winner for the fastest combined time up the hill, *and* for the most consistent times up the hill.