me and my gf decided for my 14-miler this past saturday to run the lower section of the Old Croton Aqueduct trail from Yonkers to Tarrytown and back again. after reading about it the current issue of the New York Road Runner Club's rag, NY Runner, we set up to take metro north to the glenwood station, just a few yards from the Hudson River Museum (www.hrm.org) and about a 40 minute trainride from grand central ($6 ow). prepared for rain and driving wind, we were quite pleased to find only mild wind and clouds.
the trail itself is just like a rail trail (only it's a pipe!). running 8 miles north, we could hardly notice the 13 inch rise each mile as we cruised on packed dirt track with only a few rocky sections and several street crossings. there are numbered ventilator shafts in the form of miniature mason turrets spaced unevenly throughout the trail along with old mansion ruins, some lovely homes and lots of fresh spring woodland offering up exquisite views across the hudson here and there.
with no water or facilities along the route, i used my new camelbak alterra outfitted with two add-on 8oz bottles. this worked well for what ended up being 16-miles in the end. because of the forecast, we had the trail to ourselves most of the almost 3 hours were were running (yes tico, i'm a slow MF).
what a great trail! i would recommend it to anyone as convenient to get to by public transportation, great as a oneway trip (it begins/ends up at the croton reservoir near ossining and never strays far from metro north's hudson line). i plan on going back to do the northern section for my 20-miler.
also, there's a great award-winning map produced by the Friends of the OCA. it's available at Posman Books in Grand Central and at the Urban Bookstore in the Villard House for $5 (where the AIA and Municipal Arts Society are housed on 51st and Madison Ave in NYC). Here are some links:http://www.adk-nyc.org/Trails/LowerHudson/Intro.htmhttp://www.aqueduct.org/index.html
post run was spent stretching in the Hudson River Museum's parking lot before a quick tour of the Hudson River Museum's Glenwood Mansion (nice landscape paintings!! admission - $5) and then a yummy breakfast at the Main Street Diner in Hastings!
A great morning.