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Never Run Alone

The view from the Manhattan Bridge is amazing, but nothing compared to the Brooklyn Bridge. It is a form therapy to see the scenery of this beautiful city.

Story and Photos by Christian Torres - christian@kodezero.com

Nueva Yorl photos©Christian Torres

Do you like to run? Are you trying to shave off a couple of pounds before the summertime? Do you just want to find a new hobby? Then NYC bridge running is not for you. These hardcore runners are no joke. NYC bridge running is a way of life. You can easily start running with these people and end up signing up for a marathon.

Legendary photos©Christian Torres

Every week (Wednesday at seven pm and Saturday at one pm), at the Nike Stadium store on the Bowery, a diverse group of individuals come together for one common purpose, to run. As soon as the first few runners start arriving, one can’t help but feel motivated to join them. Unfortunately for me, I was not there to partake in the activities, but to document it.

Keep it Moving photos©Christian Torres

Started back in 2005, Michael Saes, a downtown resident and former track star, has really created something special. Not only has he carried this movement thus far, but he also never misses a run. Along with Michael you can find the grand motivator Cedric, who organizes the runners and gets everyone ready to go. After the runners take their routine picture, their run to Brooklyn begins.

Stretch photos©Christian Torres

The view from the Manhattan Bridge is amazing, but nothing compared to the Brooklyn Bridge. It is a form therapy to see the scenery of this beautiful city. Although this is a huge reason to run the bridges, the biggest reason is the amazing people you will meet. The relationships that the runners have are very apparent; they are one big happy family. Living in this city can get very lonesome and lethargic; the NYC Bridgerunners can remedy both. If you find yourself out of shape, lonely, and ready to get serious, put down the Junior’s cheesecake and join in at Nike Stadium every week. I promise you, it’s quite the experience.

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