Feb 15, 2010

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

(note: this was scheduled to be published to tursi.com at 10:00am Monday. It didn't actually get published until 9:00pm Monday. Not sure what happened.)

In 1842, the City of New York opened the Old Croton Aqueduct. Powered by the force of gravity alone, it brought clean drinking water a distance of 41 miles from the Westchester to the Croton Reservoir, currently the site of Bryant Park at 42nd street in New York City. It was in operation for about 100 years. Today, a recreational-use trail follows the path of the aqueduct, mostly via its own easement.

By the time this is posted, I be on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. Hopefully, as of this afternoon, I will have completed the southernmost 35 miles of the trail, south of the Croton-Harmon train station in Westchester. This is part of an group training run organized by my friend Tony Portera.

Snow currently covers the trail, and if the conditions this side of the Hudson are any indication, it will have a significant effect on my day. On both Saturday and Sunday, I took short training runs at Ramapo Reservation. The soft snow made these runs unusually difficult, which is why I decided to compensate by running south from Croton-Harmon rather than go with the main group up to the Croton Dam and back, a distance of 6 miles round trip. They'll catch up to me in Southern Westchester.

No matter what happens, come back here Wednesday at 10:00am for a full report!

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