Yesterday was National Running Day. In honor of the ‘holiday’ I signed up on Active.com for another race. I will be running on August 7th, in the Sgt Keith A. Ferguson 5k Run/Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Walking Running across the Brooklyn Bridge is on my bucket list.
I didn’t know who Sgt Ferguson was, so I googled him to find out why he has a run named after him. I found the information I was looking at on a beautiful website called Officer Down Memorial Page. I truly hope no one ever has a loved one show up on this site, but if you do, it really is a beautiful tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty while serving communities thought the United States. Sgt Keith A Ferguson, a 17 year veteran of the NYPD who was running to assist another officer chasing a suspect, collapsed and suffered a heart attack. His colleagues tried to resuscitate him, but sadly, he passed on. Sgt Ferguson was awarded the purple shield metal posthumously, in June of 2005. This will be the 7th year the Run/Walk event has been held.
According to some of the information I found on the Runner’s World forums, the race starts on the Manhattan side of the bridge at City Hall entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge path, you run over the bridge on the path, turn around and run back over the bridge, then loop around City Hall park and finish inside the park by the fountain.
For those of you who have never been to New York, the Brooklyn Bridge is quite the site to see. In 1883, after 13 years and 27 deaths, the Brooklyn Bridge opened, connecting NY and Brooklyn. It was the first suspension bridge to be made from steel rather than the traditional iron. Opened for use on May 24, 1883, the bridge has carried horse-drawn carriages, trolley traffic, motor vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and a parade of 21 African elephants from P.T. Barnum’s Circus (which helped to clam doubts about the bridge’s stability back in 1884)
Bucket List Item #48, is scheduled get crossed off on August 7th – Make sure to tune in to find how it goes (don’t worry, I will remind you when it gets closer) If you are interested in running this with me, comment below and register at Active.com
- Architecture: The Brooklyn Bridge (americanthings.wordpress.com)
- Brooklyn Bridge celebrates 128th anniversary (gadling.com)