Halloween Run in the Bronx

The Parks Dept. has notified us that any free runs posted on our specific New York Trail & Ultra Running meetup or Facebook Page which has over 19 people signed up must apply for and be granted a “special events” permit from the NYC Parks Dept. We must pay all fees and meet all insurance and other requirements associated with this “special events permit”.

The Parks Dept. for some reason has singled out our specific meetup and group to meet these requirements. Our meetup runs charge no fees, and merely provide a forum for groups of citizens to get together to go for runs. Hundreds of other groups of over 20 people continue to operate year after year in NYC Parks without notification or requirements of “special events permits” from the Parks Dept.

It has been made clear we will potentially be sued for providing a forum (meetup) for people to get together for free in City Parks and that we are “endangering public safety” for allowing groups of more than 19 to assemble for free in NYC Parks.

Going forward we will be limiting the amount of attendees to our meetups in NYC Parks to 19 people out of fear of retribution from the Parks Dept. You are welcome to create and lead your own groups of 19 people outside this meetup but in no way will your runs be officially associated with our meetup or our group.

For the runs which we previously encouraged to take place in Van Cortlandt Park we plan on no longer meeting in Van Cortlandt Park. The Parks Dept. obviously has major issues with people appearing in groups to run in the Park which poses a major danger to public safety and the Parks Dept. resources.

For future runs the meeting point for the 19 person limit placed on our meetups in the Bronx will be Lloyds Carrot cake located at 6087 Broadway. Bronx NY 10471. It is up to you whether to run in Van Cortlandt Park located across the street, run in the neighborhoods of Riverdale, run south towards Manhattan or run north to a friendly and less hostile government in Yonkers located in Westchester County.

This meetup group does not encourage or suggest you run in Van Cortlandt Park. The choice of where to run is solely determined by you. This meetup is an information forum that simply provides ideas and suggestions of how people can be social, get together and to help people lead healthier and more active lifestyles.

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  • Jonathan S.

    Great run this morning. Thank you all for coming. Such a perfect day on the trails. Could have run all day!

    October 27

  • David G.

    Argh! 1 train not running to 242 st. On the shuttle bus--hope I make it.

    October 27

  • James L.

    Sorry folks, something came up. Have a great run without me Peak foliage everywhere.

    October 27

  • Jonathan S.

    I'm only planning to do one loop, but I encourage others to keep going!

    October 26

  • Stephen

    See you there. What's the distance?

    October 25

  • maggie

    how many miles are we going to do?

    October 21

  • Frank W.

    Considering the limitation of 19 participants in any of the NYC meetups, please be sure to change your RSVP to NO if you first RSVP YES, and later decide not to attend. This way, another runner can have your spot.

    1 · October 19

  • Frank W.

    Here is some interesting info I found on NYC.gov.

    4) Which activities fall under the parameters of obtaining a parade permit?
    A "parade" is any procession or race which consists of a recognizable group of 25 or more pedestrians, vehicles, bicycles, or other devices moved by human power, or ridden or herded animals proceeding together upon any public street or roadway.

    Parade permits are issued by the New York Police Department. If you want more information on applying for these permits please go to www.nyc.gov/nypd.

    From the sound of this, we need a parade permit for any event attended by 25 or more people.

    October 15

  • Frank W.

    Does this also apply to assembling anywhere in NYC, like at Battery Park for the 9/11 run? We never had issues anywhere except in VC.

    October 15

  • Frank W.

    This is unbelievable! I am sure that if we do some research, we would find no such rules on the books for any NYC park. But I do understand we need to heed the warnings, as we are here to run, not to appear in court to argue our point.

    I was looking forward to running in VC because my heels have been bothering me from too much running on asphalt and concrete.
    I don't suppose that anyone is going to stop me from getting off the #1 train at VC and running into the park.
    Or I might just go to CP and run on the bridal path.

    I think we need to pursue this, just as we have pursued the Putnam Trail issue.

    October 15

  • Peter P

    I know the Constitution is being shredded every single day, but I just had to post this. Just in case some city officials are looking...the right to peaceably assemble. Oh, and I hope I have the right to free speech by posting this. http://www.illinoisfirstamendme...­

    October 15

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