Running Cincinnati: A photo essay


This story was originally published in the very beautiful and sleek Storehouse app for iPad. You can see it here.

I’ve ran marathons for about 4 years now. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. The city offers very hilly courses and spectacular views with its many bridges and elevation changes.

The golden age is before us, not behind us ~ Sallust

My favorite run is at dawn across the 4 pedestrian bridges that cross the Ohio River.

Picture taken from the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge.

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Sunset runs come in at a close second.

Beautiful.

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Then there are the seasons

 I had for my winter evening walk— No one at all with whom to talk ~ Robert Frost

The solitude of a winter run through fallen snow is as close to zen as I’ve ever come.

Snow run fun

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Honestly, this is a gorgeous day for a run. The only problem is I feel like I overdressed.

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And seeing neighborhoods blanketed below is hard to describe.

Or the burst of fall colors on a residential street.

Overton Street

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The blaze of summer sun that lights up the greens and puts landscape in sharp relief.

Last day of Cincy summer 2014

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Even the grey, wet days of early spring have their beauty and place.

Rain

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“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”
― Steven Wright

Running in the city you come across things you’d otherwise miss . . .

Like the tin man in the city’s west side.

Tin man looking for his heart

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Or this fantastic sign outside of a sign museum . .

What you come across on a run.

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Or that deer go where they want . . .

Or the fact that people can close bridges for wedding receptions . . .

First time for everything

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Mostly though, the beauty of running in Cincinnati is that it is a runner’s city. There is always a race and always someone to share the roads and sidewalks with.

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