Bronx: Commute Run from 138th to Einstein/Jacoby via 3rd Ave./Boston Rd.

Commute runs are an efficient and fun way to get to where you want to go while getting a substantial workout in at the same time. If your job allows you to dress with a minimum of fuss (i.e. a dress shirt and nice pants), a run like this is completely feasible with a small pack or running vest with a large storage compartment (like this or this).

If you are trying to get to/from Harlem/Manhattan to the Einstein/Jacoby Medical Center, here is a route to consider. One end is anchored by the 138th Street Station of the 2/4/5 train and the other set by a large public space (Jacoby Medical Center).

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Here is a snapshot of the entire route – 6 miles long. 

Route Description:

(Run 3/17/17) This route begins on the corner 138th St. and Grand Concourse.

You’ll head east on 138th St. to 3rd Ave. and make a left, staying on the east side of the street.

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Here is a closeup of the route starting at the 138th Street Station then up through 3rd Ave.

Follow 3rd Ave. north until it winds past 163rd St., then fork to the east (right) onto Boston Rd.

 

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Then you can see how 3rd Ave. forks to the right to become Boston Road.

Follow Boston Road to 180th St. and head east again (right) to Morris Park Ave.

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This shows you the transition from Boston Road, across 180th St. to Morris Park.

Once you reach Morris Park Ave. head north (left) all the way to Eastchester Rd which is about 1.6 miles away at this point.

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And finally, your destination, Einstein/Jacoby Medical Center.

Of course, if you are running from Einstein/Jacoby Medical Center toward the South Bronx/Harlem/Manhattan, just run these steps in reverse!

Mileage:

This is a six-mile route.

Elevation: 

Slightly challenging with variation from 11 to 98 feet with one sharp incline. The rest of the elevation challenges are very gradual.

Hill Ratio:

1 hill for a ratio of 0.16 for the six-mile run.

CPMR: 

0.0. For some reason, I rarely run into smokers on this route despite running through several commercial and residential areas.

%RNPS:

67%. Surprisingly, only two-thirds of this route are roughly a half-mile away from one of the half-dozen freeways that criss-cross the Bronx. I would have expected this run to be at 100%.

Safe after dark?

Despite it’s potential as a good commute run, it does run through the South Bronx and there are sections along 3rd Ave that are still a little questionable despite the recent uptick in new development. The section of Boston Road between 170th St. and 180th St. is also a bit of question mark. Early evening (6-8pm) and mid-morning (7-9am) appear to be good times to run this route.

Crowd Scene?

This course runs through two major commercial areas where you’ll likely encounter crowds on the sidewalk: The Hub and Morris Park. Other than that, the course is pretty uncluttered.

Running Surface:

Sidewalk and asphalt.

Changing Station?

There is a Starbucks on the corner of Morris Park Ave. and Eastchester Road with serviceable bathrooms to change in. No changing stations that I can suggest on the South Bronx side.

Points of Interest:

This route takes you through the heart of the South Bronx. Going south to north, you will see the small section of the Bronx near 138th and the Grand Concourse (right outside the 138th Street Station for the 2/4/5 train) over which the New York Marathon runs. Further up, you’ll run past Patterson Houses, one of the largest public housing developments in the city, then through the commercial area known as The Hub – characterized as a miniature Times Square – on 3rd Ave above 149th St.,  then on through the neighborhoods of Morrisania, West Farms, and finally Morris Park.

Good for Groups:

Narrow sidewalks make this ideal for 2 up to 4 runners.

Safe from Cars:

The cross-streets along the majority of this route are low-volume and the path that you’ll run along is well-insulated from fast moving traffic by either wide sidewalks or street parking.

Prospects for a Break-Free Run: 

By my count, you’ll see about ten possible major streets that may require a stop. On a typical day, figure that you will see stops on about half of them.

Friends Run Into During Run:

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© 2017 Danilo Torres. All rights reserved.

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Havana, Cuba: Malecon to the Plaza del Revolution

Travel running is something that I have really come to enjoy. It is a great way to cover a lot of ground on your vacation and become a part of the tapestry of life that you’re visiting. Also, if you are training for a big race, it helps keep you in shape for when you return to real life.

Late last year, I had the chance to visit Havana, Cuba and get a few runs in along some of the grand boulevards of the city. Hopefully, if you get a chance to visit this quaint and historic place, you get a few interesting runs in to see the local sights.

This particular run took me from our hotel near the water up to the Plaza de la Revolution. Our trip landed us in Cuba roughly a month after the death of Fidel Castro and his body laid in state here for several days as thousands of people lined up in this giant square to pay their respects to their beloved leader.

This is one of many runs that one can safely manage around Havana and I hope to hear from others about the routes they’ve run here in years to come.

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Havana, Cuba, ladies and gentlemen!

Route Description:

(Run 12/19/16) This route starts at the Melia Cohiba Hotel on the corner of Calle 1ra and Avenida Paseo. Very simply, you take Avenida Paseo southwest all the way to the Plaza de la Revolution which is about a mile and a half.

Run around the main plaza area but don’t try to head up to the Monument Tower of Jose Marti in running clothes. Apparently, you’ll only be admitted with special permission and dressed in a respectful fashion.

But once you are done sight seeing, you can head back down Avenida Paseo past the Melia Cohiba Hotel to the Malecon which is the main street that runs along the water in Havana. I’d recommend carefully crossing this busy street and making a left running along the water. BE CAREFUL! If you see any puddles on the sidewalk, there will likely be algae growing there which makes the sidewalk VERY slippery. Try to avoid those spots or walk carefully through them.

You can follow the Malecon for at least another mile before you reach a tunnel that goes under the bay (which you can run through) but this run has you going for only a half a mile before returning to the starting point.

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Here is a better look at the beginning and end of the course.

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Here is my wandering route through the Plaza de la Revolution as I paused to sightsee.

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This is a panorama picture of the Plaza de la Revolution that looks a lot better on my phone.

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Here is a closeup of the tribute to Che Guevara in the PdlR.

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Here is a closeup of the tribute to Camilo Cienfuegos in the PdlR.

Mileage:

This route worked out to 4.5 miles in total but it could definitely be extended in any direction for more sightseeing.

Elevation: 

A little challenging with a min elevation of 7 feet to a max of 132 feet.

Hill Ratio:

1 hill for a ratio of 0.22 for the 4.5 mile run.

CPMR: 

0.0. While I didn’t run into many smokers during my morning run, I have to say that the lack of catalytic converters in some of the older cars nearly caused me to create a new statistic for this blog. Technically, this number is 0.0 for this run, but you could theoretically count every old car as two smokers! In which case, I’d probably give this a nearly off-the-charts 3.0 CPMR. And this was early on a Sunday morning when there was little to no traffic on the roads. I don’t recommend running these streets during the day when more traffic is present.

%RNPS:

25%. This is another stat what will need to be adjusted. Though there was only one freeway near this route during mile 2, I’d argue that this number should be closer to 100%. 

I have to hand it to the EPA in the United States, they’ve done a great job reducing car-based air pollution. I run along the busy Westside Highway and the FDR all the time and one 1958 Plymouth Belvedere in Havana puts out more lung-choking exhaust than 100 catalytic converter-equipped cars zooming by the power plant on the running path near 14th St. 

Seriously, I had to hold my breath and wait for the exhaust to disapate every time one of these smart looking global warming machines went past.

Safe after dark?

Safety in Havana is interesting. Many of the neighborhoods I ran through looked run down which in the US usually indicates a sketchy neighborhood. However, the reason for the declining state of the housing in Cuba is due more to the embargo on building materials than due to neglectful residents. Based on my perception from my small sample of runs and walks through Havana (and Cuba in general), I’d say running through the neighborhoods in Cuba is very safe during the day and into the evening.

Crowd Scene?

A lot of people walk in Havana and the sidewalk widths vary widely. This particular route would likely be busier later during the day, especially during the middle of the day. I’d recommend running earlier to avoid running into large crowds.

Running Surface:

Sidewalk, asphalt, and carved coral (the most readily available building material in Cuba) on the Malecon.

Changing Station?

Tough to say. You can change in the hotel if you are a guest but I never got a chance to check out alternative arrangements.

Points of Interest:

There are so many things to see along this route!

In addition to starting at one of the original prestige hotels in the Melia Cohiba, you start across the street from the famous Riviera Hotel. 

Along the way on Avenida Paseo, you will pass a few embassies including the sizeable Embassy of China. Of course, you will also get a chance to see Plaza de la Revolution with the monument to Jose Marti, the Council of State (think “national government house of representatives”), the National Theater, the National Library, and the monuments to Che and Camilo.

Back along the water, you’ll run along the Malecon which is also known as the world’s largest couch because on a summer night, you’ll find thousands of people sitting or standing along the wall socializing.

If you choose to run further west along the Malecon through the tunnel, you’ll find Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Ave. This street featured the nicest houses in the city where the creme de la creme used to live before the revolution. 

Post-revolution, many of these estates were converted into embassies. With a central walking path down the middle of Quinta Avenida that extends for about two miles, it also makes for a nice run to consider.

Good for Groups:

Narrow sidewalks and bike paths along the course make this ideal for 2 up to 4 runners.

Safe from Cars:

If you stay along the sidewalks and obey the traffic signals, you should be in good shape. Most sidewalks have enough of a buffer from fast-moving traffic to maintain a good margin of safety.

Prospects for a Break-Free Run: 

There are probably two major breaks to worry about in this scenario. Be very careful crossing Avenida Paseo and the Malecon. They are very wide streets and depending on the time of day, traffic moves pretty fast and frequently along these roads.

Friends Run Into During Run:

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Is there a route in a foreign country you’ve always wanted to run, but wanted someone else to run it first in case of hidden axe murderers or marauding street cat gangs? Let me know in the comments and I’ll try to cover it! Or is there any other route criteria you’d like me to cover? If so, drop me a comment below.

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Bronx: Einstein/Jacoby Medical Center – Williamsbridge Road – Morris Park Zig-Zag for a Low Traffic, Well-lit Night Run

Here is another short run adjacent to the Einstein/Jacoby Medical Center. It is especially useful for those who have had a long day and are forced to run after dark. Basically, it is a zig-zag pattern in the neighborhood west of the Einstein/Jacoby campus that is bound to the north by Pelham Parkway South and to the south by Morris Park Ave. The western boundary is Williamsbridge Road and Eastchester Road is on the eastern side of the route.

This neighborhood is very safe and well-lit. To give you an idea of what to expect from the neighborhood, it is filled with single-family homes valued in the $500,000 to million dollar range. After rush hour, the streets are pretty quiet and your only real concern about running these streets is cross-traffic on the cross streets (Lydig, Neill, and Rheinlander Aves.).

While the streets on this route function almost like a private running route late at night, it is always advisable to run with night lights and reflectors. To give you an idea of what might be appropriate, we can look at what the Ragnar Relays always require for its night runners. They require at least three pieces of safety gear for night runs: headlamps, reflective vest/harness, and a tail light. (Great, inexpensive gear can be had from Amazon – especially for those of you who are Prime members see these links for options – headlamps | reflective vests/harness | tail light). Of course, all three of these items may be considered overkill for most, but I always like to run with at least a vest/harness and a tail light at night while running against traffic. But that’s just me. To each their own!

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Route Description:

(Run 8/14/17) This route starts outside the driveway of 1935 Eastchester Road near the intersection of Stillwell Ave. and Eastchester Road.

Head south to Morris Park Ave. and turn right. Follow Morris Park Ave. to Williambridge Road and make a right.

In about a half mile, you will reach Pelham Parkway South where you will turn right. At the end of the block you’ll make your first zig – a right on Yates Ave. What’s nice about this street and the one to the east of it is that there is a bike line painted into the road that you can run in or you can also opt to run on the sidewalk.

Head back down to Morris Park Ave. and zag to the left and left again on Hering Ave. On a side note, if you end up registering to vote in the Bronx, you’ll pass your polling station on the corner of Hering Ave. and Neill Ave. – P.S. 108. But for now, you’ll really want to continue up Hering until you hit Pelham Parkway South to zig to the right and come back down Tenbroeck Ave.

Take Tenbroeck Ave. back to Morris Park Ave. and zag to the left and left again onto Seminole Ave. Follow Seminole Ave. to Neill Ave., make a right and follow the road back to Pelham Parkway South.

Make a right on Pelham Parkway South and continue about a quarter mile to Eastchester Road and make a right. Follow Eastchester Road back to the starting point for a 3.65 mile run.

Make it a 5-miler! If you want to run further, tack on a full loop of the Einstein/Jacoby campus for another 1.35 miles.

From the starting point, continue south to Morris Park Ave. and make a right.

After about a quarter mile, make a right on Seminole Ave. and follow it around the campus to Pelham Parkway South and make another right.

Head to Eastchester Road and make a right and continue back to the starting point at the 1935 Eastchester Road driveway.

 

Mileage:

3.65 miles for the zig-zag route or 5 miles if you tack on the full Einstein/Jacoby Medical Center loop.

Elevation: 

Nothing too crazy. Varies from 22 to 89 feet with gradual inclines.

Hill Ratio:

0 hills for a ratio of 0.00.

CPMR: 

0.2. I had the one guy standing in front of his house this evening catching a smoke. Otherwise, I am sure future runs will bring this number down to zero.

%RNPS:

0.00. None of this course is within a half mile of a major freeway but it just barely qualifies on the Eastchester Road side.

Safe after dark?

Safe during the day and safe at night in terms of both traffic and crime.

Just don’t try to include Stillwell Ave. between Eastchester Road and Pelham Parkway South in this route to bring it to a full 4 miler. Curiously, the crime and traffic safety issues on this small pocket of street skyrocket compared to the rest of the neighborhood. Just ask the student who was propositioned by the man in the windowless van (160627_CampusAlert) or read up on the recent criminal activity on this street. Yes, that’s right, just a block from the 49th precinct!

Crowd Scene?

Not very crowded inside the neighborhood. A little bit of traffic on Williamsbridge Road as you run through the Williamsbridge business district.

Running Surface:

Sidewalk and asphalt.

Changing Station?

There is a Starbucks on the corner of Morris Park Ave. and Eastchester Road with serviceable bathrooms.

Points of Interest:

You’ll run past some interesting houses and through the length of the Williamsbridge business district where you might find you very next takeout meal experience.

Along with getting a round-trip view of the campus, you get a mini-tour of the fine establishments and institutions along Eastchester Road including the NYPD 49th Precinct, Apple Grocery, Dolphin Fitness, GiGi’s Pizza, Denigris Dominick (tombstones), Enterprise Rent-a-car, Good to Go, Tana Thai, Dunkin Donuts, and Starbucks.

Good for Groups:

Narrow sidewalks make this ideal for 2 up to 4 runners.

Safe from Cars:

Most of this route intersects with low traffic roads. You don’t cross any major roads but you do cross a few low-volume roads.

One caveat as you cross the four entrances to the Einstein/Jacoby Medical Center campus – watch out at the stop sign crossings around the Jacoby campus. Most drivers are not used to watching for runners crossing and will treat the stop signs as suggestions as they speed through their turns.

Prospects for a Break-Free Run: 

Very good. You are crossing mostly lightly used intersections during this run and you will only probably need to stop sporadically.

Friends Run Into During Run:

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Is there a route you’ve always wanted to run, but wanted someone else to run it first in case of hidden axe murderers or marauding street cat gangs? Let me know in the comments and I’ll try to cover it! Or is there any other route criteria you’d like me to cover? If so, drop me a comment below.

© 2017 Danilo Torres. All rights reserved.

Manhattan: Summer Streets – Central Park down Park Ave. to the Brooklyn Bridge

Since 2008, New York City has created a great NYC opportunity to run/walk/bike/skate/mambo down a significant length of Park Ave/4th Ave/Lafayette Ave without any car or truck traffic to contend with.

It’s called Summer Streets and I hope the city has the foresight to make this one of the great annual traditions that will endure for many decades to come. This usually happens during the morning hours of the first three Saturdays in August (if you are reading this before 8/19/17, you still have time to join the last Summer Streets of the year!). If you are in NYC during this period, make it a point to take advantage of this awesome opportunity.

I make it a point to take advantage of this fun outing at least once per year. Organizing a group of friends to run the length of the course is a plus. And if you have time to spare, there are usually great attractions to get in line for along Summer Streets. In the past, there have been container swimming pools, art installations in the Park Ave. Tunnel, ziplines, water slides, and more. Also, nowadays, lots of fitness and wellness-related companies setup booths to share their latest wares with you.

The point of this is that if you don’t get out and experience this special event, you miss out on an opportunity to enjoy some of the best things that New York City has to offer: a car-less opportunity to travel down the skyscraper-lined streets, with the best parts of the New York City community all around you. And you will likely travel in a state of continual wonder and awe without having to worry about a two-ton truck bearing down on you unawares.

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Route map in three pieces to provide street name detail.

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Also, here is a better map from the Summer Streets site.

Route Description:

(Run 8/12/17) If you want to run the whole banana, start the route in Central Park on the 72nd Transverse overlooking the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain (made famous in numerous TV shows and films).

Head east on the 72nd St. Transverse until you reach the edge of the park at 5th Ave. Then, continue along 72nd St. until you reach Park Ave.

Make a right on Park Ave. and follow the signs all the way down to Brooklyn Bridge! Pretty simple, right?

Mileage:

5.2 (Central Park to Brooklyn Bridge entrance) to 6.5 (Central Park to Brooklyn via the Brooklyn Bridge) miles

Elevation: 

Basically flat. Varies from 0 to 64 feet.

Hill Ratio:

0 hills for a ratio of 0.00.

CPMR: 

0.00. No cigarette smokers encountered during this run.

%RNPS:

0.0. Amazingly, the entirety of this course from Central Park to the entrance of the Brooklyn Bridge does not bring you to within a half mile of either of Manhattan’s two freeways.

Safe after dark?

I’d say this route is very safe to run during the event hours and very safe during daylight hours and pretty safe up until midnight most other times just because it is in Manhattan.

Crowd Scene?

Serious runners will usually try to run the course starting at 7am when it opens. In past years, it becomes a runner’s nightmare after 9am when all the tourists, walkers, and recreational bikers make it out.

Running Surface:

Concrete and asphalt.

Changing Station?

There a whole host of options for changing all along this route. In Central Park there are bathrooms under the Bethesda Terrace on the south side, then you have a few hotels you can sneak into to use their typically clean bathrooms along the route like the Grand Millenium at Grand Central Terminal, the Whole Foods bathroom on 14th, the changing rooms at REI on Houston, or the Millenium Hilton Downtown bathrooms on the third floor.

Points of Interest:

Along the way, you’ll be treated to great views of Park Ave. from the Upper East Side through midtown and the MetLife Building (formerly the PanAm Building), the MetLife Tower, the Union Square Metronome, Chinatown, the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse (of Law and Order fame), City Hall, and the Brooklyn Bridge among many other historic sites.

Good for Groups:

Great for group runs of up to 8-15. Most of the course is on wide streets that are typically clear early in the morning. It becomes far less manageable for large groups starting at 9am to the 1pm closing.

Safe from Cars:

Yes, a million times yes! No cars on Park Ave. and the cross traffic is managed well by volunteers and cops who strive to keep you safe during your journey.

Prospects for a Break-Free Run: 

The major break points will take place at the major intersections: 59th, 42nd, 34th, 23rd, 14th, Houston, Spring, Canal. But they will be enjoyable as they will give you a chance to pause and really drink in the experience.

Friends Run Into During Run:

Three! However, they were all running with me. But one of my running partners ran into at least two others that he knew.

Is there a route you’ve always wanted to run, but wanted someone else to run it first in case of hidden axe murderers or marauding street cat gangs? Let me know in the comments and I’ll try to cover it! Or is there any other route criteria you’d like me to cover? If so, drop me a comment below.

© 2017 Danilo Torres. All rights reserved.

Bronx: Einstein/Jacoby Medical Center – Home Depot for peaceful short- to medium-runs

For many runners, maintaining momentum is important during their run. Finding a short route that provides the fewest running interruptions can be important to a runner. For this reason, I present you with the Jacoby – Home Depot route. It can be a peaceful 4-miler and, yet, it can be so much more! If you tack on the 1 mile loop around the Home Depot-Planet Fitness shopping center, you can make this anywhere from a 5-miler to a 12-miler and beyond!

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Route Description:

(Run 8/5/17) This route starts at the driveway of 1935 Eastchester Road, near the intersection of Stillwell Ave. and Eastchester Road.

Head south to Morris Park Ave. and make a right.

About 400 meters later, make another right on Seminole Ave. and follow the street around the western side of the Jacoby/Einstein campus to Pelham Parkway South.

Make a right on Pelham Parkway South and continue until Eastchester Road.

At Eastchester Road, make a left and cross to bike path on the north side of Pelham Parkway (not Pelham Parkway North). Make a right on the bike path and follow it to Stillwell Ave.

Make a left on Stillwell Ave. and follow it to the right as it continues on to the east. Run on the long, continuous sidewalk in front of the United Cerebral Palsy/Hausman Campus.

Near the end of the campus, you will be forced to cross the street to continue to the end of Stillwell Ave. where you will curl left along E. Gun Hill Road around Kings Harbor Hospital.

Continue for two blocks to the stop sign right across the street from the Pelham Bay Diner. After you pass the stop sign, turn around and return the way you came for the four-mile route.

Bonus miles! If you want to continue adding miles to your run, you can loop around the Home Depot-Planet Fitness shopping center starting from this point across the street from Pelham Bay Diner.

For the additional 1-mile loop, continue running north along E. Gun Hill Road (be mindful crossing the two shopping center entrances) until you hit Allerton Ave (after the gas station).

Turn left on Allerton Ave. and follow two long blocks (Allerton Ave. becomes Gunther Ave. beginning with the second block).

When you reach Waring Ave., cross to the far side and make a left.

Follow Waring Ave. until you reach E. Gun Hill Road again (about 7 blocks) and make a left to the stop sign across from the Pelham Bay Diner to complete the 1-mile loop.

Return home from this point if you are finished with the loops or continue repeating the loop as desired.

Mileage:

4 miles to many.

Elevation: 

Basically flat. Varies from 26 to 62 feet.

Hill Ratio:

0 hills for a ratio of 0.00.

CPMR: 

0.00. No cigarette smokers encountered for the past five runs.

%RNPS:

0.50. The 4-mile course places you within a half mile of a major highway for the middle two miles of the course. The 1-mile loop is entirely within a half mile of a major highway.

Safe after dark?

This route is pretty safe until dark.

Crowd Scene?

Very light foot traffic for the majority of the course. Most of the foot traffic you encounter will be in front of Jacoby Hospital along Pelham Parkway South.

Running Surface:

Sidewalk and asphalt.

Changing Station?

There is a Starbucks on the corner of Morris Park Ave. and Eastchester Road with serviceable bathrooms.

Points of Interest:

Good views of the Pelham Parkway and the Hausman Campus.

Good for Groups:

Great for group runs of up to 4. Most of the course is along neighborhood sidewalks so you can run 2 across comfortably for most of the course.

Safe from Cars:

As long as you are mindful of the light neighborhood traffic and at the entrances for Jacoby Hospital and the shopping center, you should be fine on this low-volume set of roads.

Prospects for a Break-Free Run: 

The major break point will be when you cross Pelham Parkway north to south or vice versa. With experience, you can time your crossings with minimal stoppage. Otherwise, most of the run can be done without a major break in momentum.

Friends Run Into During Run:

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Is there a route you’ve always wanted to run, but wanted someone else to run it first in case of hidden axe murderers or marauding street cat gangs? Let me know in the comments and I’ll try to cover it! Or is there any other route criteria you’d like me to cover? If so, drop me a comment below.

© 2017 Danilo Torres. All rights reserved.

Bronx: Einstein/Jacoby Medical Center – Paulding Ave – Pelham Bay Parkway Loop

For those looking for a short, safe route around the Einstein/Jacoby Medical Center Campus, here are two loops to consider – a 2.4 mile loop and a 1 mile loop.

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Route Description:

(Run 7/28/17) This route starts outside the driveway of 1935 Eastchester Road near the intersection of Stillwell and Eastchester Road.

Head south to Morris Park Ave. and turn right. Follow Morris Park Ave. for about one kilometer (0.62 miles) and then make a right again on Paulding Ave.

In about a half mile, at the end of Paulding Ave., you will see the Morris Park Station for the 5 train on your left, turn right here onto Esplanade and head out to Pelham Parkway South.

Make a right on Pelham Parkway South and head back toward Eastchester Road, about another kilometer.

Make a right on Eastchester Road and return to your starting point at the driveway for 1935 Eastchester Road for a 2.4 mile loop.

Bonus one-mile loop! If your running preferences tend toward the shorter courses and all you need is a simple one-mile loop, then you can do this:

Start at the driveway of 1935 Eastchester Road near the intersection of Stillwell and Eastchester Road.

Head south to Morris Park Ave. and make a right.

Head up to the second entrance path (the one after the entrance with the stairs) to the Einstein Campus and make a right.

Head through the apartment complex, then over the path in the gravel parking lot, past the dog run (on your right) until you get to the service road for Jacoby Medical Center and cross to the western side.

Continue to follow the sidewalk until it hits Pelham Parkway South and make a right.

After about 200 meters, make a right again on Eastchester Road and return to your starting point.

Mileage:

2.4 miles for the Paulding loop or 1 mile for the Jacoby Medical Center loop.

Elevation: 

Nothing too crazy. Varies from 22 to 104 feet with gradual inclines.

Hill Ratio:

0 hills for a ratio of 0.00.

CPMR: 

0! Running through residential neighborhoods helps keep this low.

%RNPS:

0.00. None of this course is within a half mile of a major freeway but it just barely qualifies on the Eastchester Road side.

Safe after dark?

I’d reckon the entirety of this route is pretty safe during daylight hours and into the darker hours with a running buddy. Very residential and mostly busy.

Crowd Scene?

Running through quiet neighborhoods allows you to really focus on your run and not on avoiding folks.

Running Surface:

Sidewalk and asphalt.

Changing Station?

There is a Starbucks on the corner of Morris Park Ave. and Eastchester Road with serviceable bathrooms.

Points of Interest:

Good views of the Pelham Parkway, a taste of the neighborhood, and a great overview of the Einstein/Jacoby campus.

Good for Groups:

Narrow sidewalks make this ideal for 2 up to 4 runners.

Safe from Cars:

Most of this route intersects with low traffic roads, however, you’ll cross one major road, Kingsbridge Road, twice will require a stop on a red light whereas the other traffic lights you’ll cross here are pretty lightly used. One caveat, watch out at the stop sign crossings around the Jacoby campus. Most drivers are not used to watching for runners crossing and will treat the stop signs as suggestions as they speed through their turns.

Prospects for a Break-Free Run: 

Pretty good. You are crossing mostly lightly used intersections during this run and you will only probably need to stop at both of the Kingsbridge Road crossings.

Friends Run Into During Run:

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Bronx: Einstein/Jacoby Medical Center – Pelham Bay Park

Here is an engaging 6-mile out-and-back that starts at Einstein Medical School with a big loop in the middle at Pelham Bay Park before returning.

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Route Description:

(Run 7/20/17) This route starts near the corner of Morris Park and Eastchester Road and heads west on Morris Park Ave. and right on Seminole Ave. Basically, you run around the western perimeter of the Jacoby Hospital campus back up to Pelham Parkway South. Then you proceed east on Pelham Parkway South and follow the bikepath that starts about 200 meters after passing Stillwell Ave. to Pelham Bay Park. Make sure to cross the on-ramp/off-ramp roads along the Pelham Parkway. DO NOT follow the branch of the bikepath that runs along the Hutchinson River Parkway.

Once you enter Pelham Bay Park, turn right and follow the park perimeter all the way around until you reach Middletown Rd. where you will turn left. Follow Middletown Rd. until it ends and make a left back into the park. Alternately, you can also run on the asphalt path that rings the inside perimeter of the park.

Once the service road ends, follow the asphalt paths along the northern perimeter of the park until you return to the point where you entered the park.

Then you follow the bikepath back toward Jacoby Medical Center and make a left on Wilson Ave./Seminole Ave. back to the start point.

Mileage:

6 miles

Elevation: 

Nothing too crazy. Varies from 2 to 68 feet.

Hill Ratio:

1 small hill for a ratio of 0.16.

CPMR: 

0! Running through residential neighborhoods helps keep this low.

%RNPS:

0.67. 4 of 6 miles are within a half mile of a major interstate/parkway. Not great but typical of many parts of the Bronx.

Safe after dark?

I’d reckon the entirety of this route is pretty safe during daylight hours.

Crowd Scene?

Running through quiet neighborhoods and on seldom-used bike paths allows you to really focus on your run and not on avoiding folks.

Running Surface:

Sidewalk and asphalt.

Changing Station?

There is a Starbucks on the corner of Morris Park Ave. and Eastchester Road with serviceable bathrooms.

Points of Interest:

Good views of the Pelham Parkway, Pelham Bay Park, and Pelham Bay (through the trees on the northern perimeter of Pelham Bay Park).

Good for Groups:

Great for group runs of up to 5-6.

Safe from Cars:

While the route is mostly quiet, you still have to cross six freeway on-ramps/off-ramps each way.  They are not heavily travelled but they are used enough that you should remain aware at all times.

Prospects for a Break-Free Run: 

Not great, but sometimes you can hit all six on-ramps/off-ramps between traffic bursts. Please you still have one major road (Eastchester Road) and one secondary road (Stillwell Ave.) that usually require traffic stops. Good news:You will run into these ramps during the 2nd and 5th miles. The middle two miles are pretty break-free.

Friends Run Into During Run:

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Is there a route you’ve always wanted to run, but wanted someone else to run it first in case of hidden axe murderers or marauding street cat gangs? Let me know in the comments and I’ll try to cover it! Or is there any other route criteria you’d like me to cover? If so, drop me a comment below.

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