I have long been a believer that the best way to see a city is in my running shoes. While, I have visited and run in New York City many a time, I was looking for something different on this past visit. Running over the Brooklyn Bridge has been high on my bucket list and I was determined to make this happen. Enter City RunningTours.
City Running Tours New York City Style
City Running Tours is just what it sounds like. A company that offers guided run tours in numerous locations around the country and can be in a group or solo.
Why do a run tour when you can run on your own? Good question.
–Safety and companionship Running in a new city can be confusing and finding a safe route is imperative.
–Knowledgeable tour guides. Your guided run is not just a run but an informative tour of the city with fun facts and descriptions of historical sights along the way. Tour guides are also aware of which routes to choose and avoid on a given day.
-Ability to customize your run or pick a set route. Choosing a group run with a specific route is an option or you can design your own tour based on your interest and time table.
Back to that Brooklyn Bridge mission! I booked a personal tour for 3 reasons. As I am coming back from a running injury, I was not sure what my pace would be and did not want to hold up a group. Second, I really was determined to run that bridge and wanted to be able to stop and take lots of photos. Finally, I just did not want to get up early on vacation.
My tour guide, Rachel, met me in the lobby of my hotel right on time. Because she had already picked out a route, we headed to the Subway (my first time) for a 10 min ride to our starting point near City Hall.
We took on the Brooklyn Bridge first. It’s about a mile each way across. I was so surprised to see so many people out there taking selfies because it was such a cold day. The views of the city skyline were just fantastic. Rachel pointed out the best photo spots and took lots of running photos for me.
We next ran by the old Woolworth building and headed towards the World Trade Center 9-11 memorial. I had not seen it yet and it’s quite emotional.
Next stop Wall Street. At the corner of the street, next to the Stock Exchange, is a statue of George Washington where he was sworn in as the first President of The United States right on these steps. Kind of cool!
We finished our almost 5 mile run down by the piers and headed back on the Subway. Rachel dropped me off right back at my hotel. She was a fabulous guide. My Brooklyn Bridge run was everything I hoped for!
Looking forward to my next City Running Tour. A perfect way to see a city!