If you are frequent flyer here at readingontherun.com you already know that this was my second time running the Sergeant Keith Ferguson 5k across the Brooklyn Bridge. See my prior post for information on location, organizational effectiveness, trail/course info, etc. This event started in 2015 with about 100 runners. Now the registration list boasts over 1000 runners/walkers lining up to support the legacy of the officer who died in the line of duty. Proceeds support the Sergeant Keith Ferguson Scholarship Fund and the NYPD Foundation.
For this run I came prepared for the "boardwalk like planks" and uphill motions with my light weight Nike Flex run shoes. These made the transition from the concrete to the planks much more seamless. The cloth material helps the shoe to feel like socks-as if you don't actually have a shoe on at all! Also, the ultra lightweight design helps when gravity is working against you up that hill.
The most enjoyable parts of this run, though there are many, are the breathtaking views and the camaraderie in the atmosphere. Sgt. Ferguson's mother was in attendance and took the time to meet as many people as she could with a welcoming smile. Students in the NYPD ESU specialized training school ran together in a pack format in honor of the slain officer. Prior to the run, officials from the city took the time to speak kind works and hold a moment of silence for police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. All around this event is top notch and I recommend it to any active wanderlust visiting NYC in August. I hope to have the honor of running it again.
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