The last time I wrote about the Holiday Marathons races, the group was having issues with the NYC Parks Department over the Halloween Marathon. Things worked out in the end and the race was held but that was not the end of the story. Even though the Thanksgiving Marathon saw a record turnout of over a thousand people, the Christmas Marathon is not so lucky. The Parks Department made many demands that could not be met and permit was denied. Follow this link for details:
NYC Parks Department Cancels Christmas Marathon
Luckily, the good folks at the Holiday Marathons group was able to enlist the help of the Westchester Parks Department and a race will be held, after all, in Tibbetts Brook Park, just three miles north of Van Cortlandt Park. What's three miles to us runners, right? Come participate and to show your support. In these days, there are races that cost a lot to sign up for AND fill up quickly. No-frills events like those organized by Holiday Marathons should be treasured. Sure you do not run through some famous tourist hotspot and there is no official T-shirts or trinkets to collect, but you will get a good course to run and much camaraderie, which is what running should be all about, right? Follow this link to join in the fun:
The event is free but registration is recommended and donation will be accepted. For the Christmas run, a toy drive will be held so bring a little something for the needy kids.