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Tale of the Tape: Boulder vs New York City

Posted Mar 18 2010 12:00am

Living in New York City is wonderful, but I feel that everyone here has a shelf life.  I think mine is about to expire as I approach my 7th year as a New Yorker.  Learning how to survive here is an art within itself, from how to take the subways to which apartment to pick and why you shouldn’t pay a broker fee.  All of these experiences are unique to New York and I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything.

From a runners point of view it doesn’t get much better than New York City, or at least that is what I believed up until my trip to Boulder last week.  New York is often quoted as being the most “run” city while Boulder is commonly referred to as the #1 running location.  I thought it would be fun to make a comparison between these two different places and use my recent trip and experiences as inspiration for a Tale of The Tape: Boulder/New York:

Boulder: Chatapucha Park Mesa Trail     New York: Central Park Cat Hill Repeats

Boulder: Lazy Dog     New York: The Village Pourhouse

Boulder: Centro     New York: Esperanto

Boulder: Subaru Outback     New York: Yellow Cabs

Boulder: Flatirons Vista Trailhead     New York: Battery Park City to Chelsea

Boulder: Foolish Craigs     New York: Ulysses on Stone Street

Boulder: Boulder Running Company     New York: JackRabbit

Boulder: Snow shoeing at Eldora     New York: Biking Governors Island

Boulder: Gondolier on Pear     New York: Harry’s Italian

Boulder: Scenic, Backroads, Elevation     New York: Lottery, Central Park, Times Square

The winner?  Well, it is close but I have to give a slight edge to Boulder.  It is tough for me to go against my city, maybe my New York City shelf life expiration is making me lean towards Boulder.

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