New Yorker Designs Ultrarunning Routes That Make Every Workout a History Lesson

Runner's World | 2/4/2019 | Jordan Smith
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Yesterday I ran 26.2, tracing the route of the NYC marathon two weeks before the race. It was such an awesome day... Fred Lebow and Vincent Chiappetta organized the first NYC marathon in 1970, when it was held entirely in Central Park and featured just 127 runners. PHOTOS (1, Above): Fred Lebow, right, and a group of super cool runners in the second NYC Marathon (2): Norway’s Greta Waitz finishing the 1980 Marathon in 2:27:33; she would win nine times 3) Women weren’t allowed to run the NYC Marathon until 1972 — and only if they started 10 minutes ahead of the men. This photo captures the moment when six women sat down at the starting line in protest — before leaving with the men 10 minutes later 4) In 1994 German Silva was tied with Benjamin Paredes when he veered off course a half mile from the finish; he came back and won 5) Shalane Flanagan wins the Women’s 2017 Marathon in 2:26:53, the first American woman to do so since Miki Gorman in 1977 6) While in remission from cancer, Fred Lebow finishes the 1992 marathon alongside Greta Waitz in 5:32:34 7) Cresting the Queensboro yesterday afternoon #werunnyc #NYC #history #NYChistory #instarunners #DiscoveringNYC #runnersofinstagram #roadrunners #run #runners #nycruns #ultrarunning #runninginspiration #ultrarunner #runnersworld #runnyc #newyorkarea #boweryboys #GetOutToRun #RunForLife #TCSNYCMarathon #NYRR #Garmin #newyorkhistory #insta_nyc #newyork_true #MovedMe #teamnyrr #shalaneflanagan

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New York City resident Todd Aydelotte has come up with an inventive way to make long runs in the city interesting: Turn them into a history lesson.

It started about two years ago, when he started running longer distances. Inspired by ultrarunners like Tommy Rivers Puzey and Timothy Olson, who seem to run wild, free, and connected to the land, Aydelotte wanted to bring that to his own runs. But running in canyons and near streams is not easily feasible in the concrete jungle.

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Aydelotte needed to find a different way to motivate himself to go farther and distract himself from the pain that comes with running 50 or 60 miles.

When 8 to 12 laps around Central Park got too tedious, he had a revelation. He has always been a huge history buff, so he thought, “Why not combine running and history?”

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Now, he does just that and tracks all his runs—and their historical significance—on Instagram.

To prepare for his runs, Aydelotte trains his mind. He takes capturing the history very seriously, and spends hours in libraries and online arming himself with extraordinary amounts of research. He then documents the runs on his Instagram page with annotated notes of each destination’s significance.

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“The way I train is to study, to read, and soak myself into the history,” Aydelotte told Runner’s World. “It’s a way to take running and push it into an area of meditation and intellectualism that inspires me.”

On January 10th, 2019, he embarked on a 74-mile journey inspired by inventor Nikola Tesla. Tesla, a scientist at the turn of the twentieth century, believed that energy surrounds us, and there are ways for humans to access this energy. This big belief is the metaphor that drove Aydelotte’s run. He decided to hit the locations in NYC that honored Tesla, ending at the Tesla Science...
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