Wednesday, June 13, 2012

We Run This Town: Turning Point Park

Mike and I are not the types of runners that run the exact same route every day, in fact we rarely run the exact same route twice.  I would be content to run close to home more often than we do, but Mike gets bored easily!

We have covered a lot of terrain in the Rochester area (which is actually rather large) in the short amount of time that we have been running.

I thought it might be fun to blog about the different places where we run and develop a "guide".  For the most part I am going to focus on roads, but I might throw in some trails here and there.  I'll leave most of the trail talk to the #trailsroc crew, though!

First up, Turning Point Park: 

Sign near parking area

We found Turning Point Park after Mike's aunt and uncle, who live in Rochester, told us about it last year.  We actually just ran there yesterday and did some hill repeats. 

Beautiful woods

Turning Point Park is located in Charlotte, which is a neighborhood not a town in the city of Rochester, on 275 acres of land.  The park is adjacent to the Genesee River.  Luckily, cars aren't allowed in the park but you can find a small parking lot off of Boxart Street. 

Mike and I have done a few different types of workouts in Turning Point Park, long runs, short runs, a virtual race and hill repeats.  We even did a 5 mile bike ride through the park one time. 

The extreme hill in the park, it's worse than it looks in the photo!

You can usually find other people running, walking and biking in the park.  There are also hiking trails, new information to me, throughout the park.  

The boardwalk

Along the loop

There is a loop within the park that is a little over 1 mile long, but if you wanted to extend your run you can connect to the Genesee Riverway Trail.  

 The loop

Go that way for the Riverway Trail

That's Turning Point Park!  I hope you enjoyed it!

28 comments:

  1. we run this a lot from the other direction.. we start down on the lake side

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    1. We've started at the lighthouse on a few of the runs, but we've never run all the way from the lake though.

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  2. What a beautiful place to run! I'm jealous!

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    1. Thanks Charissa! It is really pretty!

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  3. Looks like a fantastic place to run:)

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  4. Upstate NY has so many amazing options... I'm jealous, too!

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    1. There are a lot of options, definitely lucky as runners!

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  5. That looks lovely. I need to start switching my runs up more. I have been B-O-R-E-D lately.

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    1. You should! I think that's why we run in so many different places, so we don't get bored!

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  6. That place looks super peaceful.... thanks for the share.

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    1. It is really nice there! No problem!

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  7. I am jealous of your park. That place looks great!

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    1. Thanks Rena! I'm sure you will find a nice park to run in in Louisiana!

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  8. Honestly every place there is gorgeous! I'm so jealous! I'd love a nice park with shade and trees like that close to home. Central Park is a trek sometimes!

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    1. It is pretty close to us and we are lucky that there are even more parks to run in too.

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  9. Fantastic! You are blessed with great parks.

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  10. Hey Jamie, btw I nominated you for the ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD because you know I absolutely adore you.

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  11. What a nice route! I love that you change it up. I tend to run the same route since it is pretty convenient and right outside my door. It would be nice to have a change of scenery:)

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    1. Change is always nice, but honestly we do drive a lot to get to some places where we run. But the views aren't as nice when we just run around the house.

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  12. Very nice! Why is it that hills never look that steep in photos?! ;)

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I know, I tried really hard to portray the hill but it almost looks flat! It's a killer though.

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  13. Nice park to run. I could be pretty comfortable with that view every morning. ;)

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    1. Thanks! It is a nice park to run in and pretty close to our house too.

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