NYC Marathon Runners and Central Park in Autumn
Last Sunday, the day of the New York Marathon, autumn arrived in earnest. Temperatures dropped from the 60s to the 40s, and gloves were suddenly in order. The dog and I walked across Central Park’s northernmost stretch to cheer on the amazing runners. Notice the bundled-up spectators and the bare limbs of the runners.
We joined an enthusiastic crowd at Duke Ellington Circle at Fifth Avenue and 110th Street at the northeast corner of the park. Musicians were playing beneath the statue of the Duke, and the mood was happy.
The super-elite leaders had already passed by, but the runners counted as among the swift. It would be hours yet before the rest of the pack reached Central Park. When they crossed 110th Street, the marathoners had already run around 23 miles, passing through Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan. All they had to do was now was run the length and width of Central Park.
They came one by one, and in between each runner, Fifth Avenue was empty.
Soon several powerful women ran past.
Two wheelchair racers kept pace together, one bent completely forward over his legs.
In East Harlem, north of 110th Street, there were just a few onlookers.
Later in the day, there would be crowds of people to cheer on the huge mass of runners still to come.
The dog and I didn’t stick around to see it, though. We headed back toward the park. Children played, and rolled around, claiming the closed-off part of 110th Street as their own.
A colorful kite man got off his bike, and prepared to fly a celebratory kite or two.
We entered the astonishingly beautiful park and walked west along the Harlem Meer.
Police helicopters kept watch overhead.
The dog posed among fallen leaves.
Burnished autumn colors glowed.
A feral cat crossed the path ahead of us as we neared Central Park West and 106th Street.
The dog posed at Stranger’s Gate, although his attention remained riveted on the spot where he had seen the cat.
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