New routes set for Kingston Classic
Both 10K and 2.1-mile courses will start near T.R. Gallo Park in Downtown
The race routes for the 2017 Kiwanis Kingston Classic were finalized this week, according to race co-director Carlos Perez.
The courses for both the Classic 10-kilometer distance and the accompanying 2.1-mile run are readily available on the website, www.kiwaniskingstonclassic.com.
The Classic is scheduled for 1 p.m. on April 23.
“We are very excited to unveil the courses, especially the 10k,” Perez said. “We believe we have a very unique and challenging course that runners are going to like.”
Perez said both races will start near T.R. Gallo Memorial Park behind Mariner’s Harbor restaurant on the Strand in Downtown Kingston.
Runners will head out on Dock Street, turning left at the blinking light on Abeel Street.
Those competing in the 10k will continue on Abeel Street until turning around at the intersection for Wilbur Avenue.
Runners in the 2.1-mile, which starts at 1:30 p.m., will turn around on Abeel at the light, heading back across Wurts Street, taking a right onto the Strand and continuing until turning around at Abruyn Street, then back to the finish line underneath the John T. Loughran Bridge.
The 10k runners, meanwhile, will continue on Abeel and turn right to go across the Wurts Street bridge before turning back near the Rainbow DriveIn in Port Ewen, and back across the bridge, with a right turn onto Abeel and another right onto the Strand.
“From there, the runners are going to continue on the Strand, past the Trolley Museum, and will turn left onto Abruyn, right onto East Union St., and then left onto North Street,” Perez added.
“They will continue on
North Street and turn right onto Delaware Avenue, continuing to Kingston Point Rotary Park and onto the running trail next to the Trolley tracks. It will provide a beautiful view of the Kingston Lighthouse, the Hudson River and the Rondout Creek.”
Runners will emerge from the trail and head back on North Street to the finish under the Loughran Bridge.
“We are very happy with the course and we think it will be well received,” Perez said.
Online registration is currently underway on the Classic website, with entry fees of $20 for the 10k by April 1, $25 thereafter, and $15 for the 2.1 mile run.
Runners pass through Uptown Kingston during a previous Kingston Classic 10k race. The new course route is set for Downtown Kingston for the 2017 edition of the Classic.