If you have a long daily commute like I do (1.5 hours each way), you can appreciate any opportunity to make those commute hours more productive. If you commute to Manhattan from the Jacoby Hospital/Morris Park area or vice versa, here is a nice, quiet 5-miler to kick off/end your daily commute.
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(Run 7/14/17) This route starts at the Parkchester Subway Station on the 6 train line. You start by heading east on Westchester Ave and follow it to the Pelham Bay Subway Station at the end of the 6 train line. If in doubt, you can simply keep running under the 6 train overhead tracks.
Once at the Pelham Bay Station, head upstairs and through the station to the pedestrian bridge to Pelham Bay Park.
At the bottom of the pedestrian bridge, make a u-turn (left or right, doesn’t matter) and follow the perimeter of the park until you pass the Bronx Victory Memorial (spire topped by a golden statue) and cross the next crosswalk across the road adjacent to the park. It should lead onto a bike path and head west toward the I-95.
Follow the bike path until Stillwell Ave. (minding the five on-ramps/off-ramps) then continue on Pelham Parkway South until you reach Wilson Ave. and then make a left.
At this point, you follow the western perimeter of the Jacoby Hospital campus. Head south on Wilson Ave. which becomes Neill Ave., then left on Seminole Ave. to Morris Park Ave. where you make your final left. Follow Morris Park Ave. for a 1/4 mile to Eastchester Road to end the run.
Basically flat. Varies from 17 to 68 feet.
0 hills for a ratio of 0.00.
0.20. You’ll usually run into an MTA employee catching a smoke break on the pedestrian bridge to Pelham Bay Park.
Safe after dark?
This route is pretty safe until dark. Some isolated spots.
Very light foot traffic for the majority of the course. You’ll see most folks in the first half-mile of this run if you start at Parkchester Subway Station.
Sidewalk and asphalt.
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.
Good for Groups:
Great for group runs of up to 5. Mainly the narrow sidewalks in the first mile of the run limit this number from being bigger.
Safe from Cars:
As long as you are mindful of the neighborhood traffic, you should be fine in this low- to mid-volume set of roads. Stay alert as you still have to cross six freeway on-ramps/off-ramps. They are not heavily travelled but they are used enough that you should remain aware at all times.
Prospects for a Break-Free Run:
I counted 11 break points along the way. Figure on getting hung up on at least half of them.
Friends Run Into During Run:
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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