Oct 19, 2012

Distance today = 27.84 km; Total distance = 13,387.90 km; Location = New York City – 40 46.403′ N, 73 58.666′ W; Start time = 1010, Finish time = 1433


I began the day with an appearance on Good Day New York, one of the leading morning television programs. Great exposure for the run, Oxfam, and Next Digital.

The weather was terrible, but I enjoyed the day regardless. I headed down through Times Square to Tribeca, where I was joined by Aussie Mark for part of the run. Mark is organising New York’s inaugural ultramarathon fun run, the MadhattanRun.com, around the island.

We passed the old World Trade Centre site, and rounded Battery Point. Mark then headed back to his office, while I ran up through China Town and Little Italy. It was then on past some of my favourite haunts from days gone by – Balthazar and the Mercer Hotel, then up past the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, the Waldorf Astoria (where Obama and Romney cracked jokes last night), and finished, what was a short day, at Central Park.

I had major issues with the Garmin, as the tall buildings often prevented it from seeing the satellites. I’ve had to carefully remeasure my course using Google Earth, as the Garmin missed many kilometres in the centre of the city.

About to head out with Carmel, Mark, and Katie (Hannah’s good friend in NY) for drinks and dinner. Will let you know how that goes in tomorrow’s blog.