My afternoon run today took me through Fort Wadsworth. Fort Wadsworth is located directly underneath the Verrazanno Narrows Bridge and is one of the oldest military sites in the US. From various points on the installation, you have a direct view of NYC and her harbor – consequently, the fort guarded NYC for almost 200 years. Today, it is no longer an active military installation – it is open to the public as part of the Gateway National Recreation Area and is managed by the National Parks Services.
|View of NYC from Fort Wadsworth|
On most days, I am greeted with quiet, desolate roads that I have come to love and look forward to.
Instead, there were hundreds (maybe thousands?) of port-o-potties, rows of tents, fences, tables, and floodlights, and piles of sandbags occupying the streets and fields of grass.
For those who have run / are running the NYC marathon, Fort Wadsworth is known for one thing – the start!!
There may not have been anyone standing in line waiting to use the port-o-potties or huddling under the tents trying to stay warm, but I immediately felt the excitement and anticipation of next Sunday.
From Fort Wadsworth’s holding areas, runners are walked onto the Verrazanno Bridge where the official start-line of the NYC Marathon is located. From there, runners get to run the 2 miles across the bridge – with views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Jersey City.
If this doesn’t get you excited for next Sunday, I don’t know what will!!!