A quick Google search and I realized Times Square was the last place anyone wants to be on New Years, unless they have a bladder of steel and are prepared to stand in one spot without food or water for 12+ hours. These are adjectives that would better describe a Guantanamo detainee than a pregnant woman (although for some reason they generally frown on letting Guatanamo detainees into Times Square on NYE...especially ones with backpacks). A few more Google searches and I stumble across the Midnight Run in Central Park by the NYRR. This event attracts at least 5,000 runners and after being there I wouldn't be surprised if there's another 2,500 that run as bandits. I never saw a number on the naked guy in the Hello Kitty thong. Come to think of it, I don't think any of the people in their underwear had numbers! Did I mention people dress up for it, as there is a costume contest and live music and fireworks and a laser light show (although I don't remember the laser light show).
Ok, I'm going to skip ahead to the run part before I end up turning this into a travel blog by accident. All I'm going to say is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular was great and EVERYONE should go see The Book of Mormon.
|View of the stage|
|Those tear drops mark the elite group in front|
|View looking behind us at the start (6,000 registered and who knows how many unregistered)|
5..4..3..2..1 and the fireworks begin and off we go. Ok, more like off the elite runners go. The rest of us slowly start to move after a few minutes as one massive river of people. We start out at a nice run, but it doesn't take long for the +1 to realize running is no longer comfortable when you are 20 weeks pregnant and already have to pee again. Walking actually turned out to be a great time as this way we got to see alot more of the costumes and really enjoy the fireworks display. Some highlights I recall include: Guy juggling glow in the dark balls while running, giant Christmas present man, many angry birds, lots of people wrapped in working Christmas lights and many, many drunk spectators clamoring for high fives.
|Kaboom! Happy New Year!|
|More fireworks! yay!|
|New 4 mile PR!|