Happy New Year, blog readers!
Thanks to my newly found love for running, 2010 New Year's Eve was different than previous years. Instead of going about my normal routine then perhaps remember to watch the ball drop in Times Square at midnight, for 2010 I celebrated the new year's arrival near the Central Park bandshell, as a participant of the New York Road Runners' Midnight Run, which was sponsored by Emerald Nuts.
The Midnight Run was rated as a fun run, so there was no official time, you just have to time yourself. It was more like a run between two parties. Before the run there was DJ music and healthy food and water, plus a costume contest. After the run, more DJ music and pretty much the same food and drink, the difference being bagels and tangerines. It was a good alternative to the Times Square overcrowded party. You may have to pay to be at the parties but at least here you have toilet facilities and it was definitely not too crowded.
At the stroke of midnight, there was a fireworks display over the big lake in Central Park, a short distance to the runners' left as we waited in the corral to get running. I usually try to take photos of the runs but at night it was hard to capture anything decent. Below is a decent video I took of the fireworks. You can hear me getting impatient near the end. It was very crowded in the corral. If I do the Midnight Run again, I will just show up at 11:45 and wait all the way at the end of the corral, where hopefully it will not be so crowded. I hate being packed like sardines in a can.