So much for my speedy blogging. When I was writing the last entry, http://www.qaptainqwerty.com/2011/10/save-holiday-marathon-series.html, I thought the article was too long and most readers would not finish it. So I broke it up into two parts, with the first part briefly about my exploration of Staten Island then segue into my wish to further explore the Bronx, via participation in the Holiday Marathons series. The free, fee-less Holiday Marathons series is a great alternatives for the many paid events out there. Sure there is no T-shirts to have but do you really need another shirt? All you need is other runners to compete against, perhaps some cheering sections, and water and refreshment along the way. But there was some issues between the NYC Parks and Recreation Department and as I wrote the last entry, the permit was not yet granted to the organizers of the upcoming Halloween Marathon.
I waited too long and today through the org's Facebook Page that permit was already granted. I was going to ask everyone to go http://www.thehalloweenmarathon.com/ and fill out a message of support for the event. Well, I am glad that, at least for the Halloween Marathon, all is well and good. I think I will even make the trip, this time running a Half Mary in preparation for the Brooklyn Marathon in late November.
If you still want to know what was all the fuss, the Riverdale Press has it tidily summed up in this article, Parks and Retribution. For info on the opposition to the planned renovation of the Old Putnam Trail, see http://www.savetheputnamtrail.com/