Please note: 9 AM Sunday foot race Central Park

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4-Mile: Start on Central Park 's East Drive near 68th Street. Head north on East Drive and continue to the 102nd Street Transverse. Turn left/west across the transverse and then left/south on West Drive. Continue south to the 72nd Street Transverse, turning left/east to the finish line

This means it will pass The Boathouse soon after the start. The runners will be on the left side of the Park Drive so they will block the access.

However, at 9:15 AM a health walk will be going south:
Health Walk: Start on Central Park 's East Drive near 68th Street. Head south on East Drive and continue around the lower end of the park to the 72nd Street Transverse. Turn right/east to the finish line. A NYRR Health walking instructor will lead walkers through the 1.7-mile course. All levels and abilities welcome.

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J (not verified)
Be careful

Runners in CP, especially in large groups, (i) absolutely suck and (ii) hate cyclists. They'll do whatever they can to annoy/interfere/aggravate/piss you off. Be forewarned.

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Sienna (not verified)

"As a former runner and participant in NYRR races, I admit that I (i) absolutely sucked, but I never (ii) hated cyclists. I'm sure that there are some nasty people out there, but I'd mostly chalk it up to the sense of total oblivion that people have - the disbelief that anyone else could possibly be using the park for another purpose. Plus, runners don't have to worry about crashing, so they don't make as much of an effort to be aware of their surroundings as cyclists do.

Years ago, I was ignorantly running in the bike lane during rush hour, and a cyclist squeezed past me and screamed, ""Get out of the bike lane!"" He was gone before I could apologize. I didn't realize that I was in the way, and I imagine he wasn't as angry as he sounded.

Let's all be friends!"

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fed up (not verified)

Meanwhile, when there is car traffic in the park, they run in the biking lane and yell at the cyclists for being in their space. Also, do they realize that on the lower half of the loop, where there is only the cycling lane, they should be running in the wide lane that most people use as a sidewalk?

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Sienna (not verified)

You posted while I was still writing. See above - No - they don't realize it! :-)

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Ted (not verified)
recreation lane

It is not a cycling lane, it is a recreation lane.

Cycling is prohibited on all pedestrian pathways. Cyclists are required to obey all traffic laws, such as traffic signals, stop signs, and
a 15 mph speed limit. They must always travel counterclockwise. Cyclists must use only the outer half of the recreation lane when the drives are open to cars; when they are closed to cars, cyclists must stay out of the recreation lane, which is for runners and walkers only. Pedestrians have the right of way at all times. At crosswalks, cyclists must slow down, yield, and then proceed cautiously.

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Richard Rosenthal (not verified)
Inconsideration of everyone for everyone: 99% true of NYers.

By the same token, runners, joggers, and walkers are not to be in the dedicated cycling and skating lane when cars are in the park. Question: Have you ever once seen any enforcement or even simple education towards this end by either the parks department, park rangers, the Road Runners (governing their own members), the Central Park Conservancy (which, peculiarly, in that it is a private entity, has been ceded operational control of the park), or the police.

Have you seen the signs indicating lane useage? There are some--however you can go 4.3 miles around the 6 mile loop without there being one. As for those that are there, they are high up, off the road, and of such a color as to blend into the surroundings: they represent the apotheosis of poor design. There was obviously as little thought put into their design and placement as would be suggested by the failure of those who might bring some order to use of the various lanes to do that.

Inconsideration of everyone for everyone is the one unifying principle of New York(ers). Yes, there are some, distressingly few exceptions--so few as to make this claim that rarest of all things: a true generalization. Well, damn near.

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fed up (not verified)

Kind of funny that the recreation lane has bicycles painted on it for the use icon, huh?

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