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Monday, February 9, 2009

Marathon takes runners through the north Bronx

The New York Road Runners held its half-marathon grand prix in the Bronx this Sunday, Feb. 8. The 13-mile race began at 8 a.m. on the east side of the Jerome Park Reservoir. Runners circled the park and continued through Mosholu Parkway and through the Grand Concourse as far south as 179th Street. Roads were closed off and buses were re-routed to accommodate the race, which ended by 11:00am. The NYRR usually holds the race in July, but moved it to February to avoid the summer heat and humidity. The mild weather this weekend was also a nice treat for the hundreds of runners who came out on Sunday.

Runners on the Grand Concourse, near Bedford Park.

Finishing the race on the east side of Jerome Park Reservoir, near Lehman College.


  1. This is a wonderful event and everyone in the Bronx and the City should do whatever we can to support it.

    However, streets in front of people's homes and buildings were closed for hours on Sunday morning without any notice given. This was inexcusable as people who do work on Sunday, or go to church, or have other responsibilities deserve the simple respect of letting them know ahead of time that they will not be able to move their cars for hours so they can make other arrangements.

    This is yet another example of the city being managed from top down with no consideration for the everyday folk who live in the outer boroughs.

    Again, the runners and the event are not to blame. We MUST have activities like this in the Bronx on a regular basis. But the City needs to give a damn about the people who are inconvenienced by them and do a proper job of making the arrangements for them.

  2. Yeah, I don't think there was any notice on my street (Giles Place, just off Sedgwick) the day before, even though they closed it off to traffic for most of the day.


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