Take part in a Sunday stroll – or run – this weekend
by Ed Wendell
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Of the many peaceful quiet spot in Forest Park, this bench is my favorite. As an added bonus, it's high enough off the ground that you can swing your legs
Of the many peaceful quiet spot in Forest Park, this bench is my favorite. As an added bonus, it's high enough off the ground that you can swing your legs
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The Queens Distance Runners are holding a race this coming Sunday, March 8, and the finish line is right here in Woodhaven!

The Spring Forward 10 & 5 Mile race starts at 8 a.m. in Forest Park by Victory Field and ends at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue.

The event is co-sponsored by the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, which has worked with local merchants to provide prizes and discounts to the runners.

Prizes from Schmidt’s Candy, Jamaica Optical, Whimsical Decorations, Glamglow MedSpa, Pop’s Cocina, Tropical Restaurant, Geordie’s Joint and more await the winners.

And a host of other businesses, including Dexter Wines & Spirits, Avenue Diner, Bikelane, Pan U Go Bakery, Sal’s Pizza and more, are providing discounted prices to all race participants.

If you would like to participate there is a fee, but through the WBID you can get a significant discount by entering the code BIDQDR. Go to bit.ly/woodhavenrun to register.

Here’s the thing, you don’t have to run or even be a runner to participate. You can walk the race route and is there any prettier place to walk through than Forest Park on a Sunday morning?

There’s a nice bench in Forest Park. As you drive up Forest Parkway and head into the park, you bear right at the light towards the golf course and the bandshell. On the right is a little nondescript bench that seems to be sitting in the middle of nowhere.

It’s one of the nicest spots to sit in the morning. Directly across the street is the golf course and just inside the fence is a large tree with a few broken limbs. The tree looks like it’s seen a lot and its days may be numbered.

But though the tree may be dying, it’s absolutely teeming with life. There are always two or three nests in among those dying branches, and if you’re lucky, as I have been many mornings, you can watch a mother bird fly off to get food for her young ones.

And when she comes back to the nest you can hear the cries of the baby birds, 100 or more feet above your head.

Those are the quiet moments I love in Forest Park. Sitting in a nice spot and just enjoying the environment around you. How fortunate are we to have this park right here in our community?

So, if you’re looking for a nice group walk, consider signing up for the Spring Forward 10 & 5 Mile race this Sunday and take part in the discounts offered by our local businesses.

Speaking of walking, our friend Carmela Isabella is in training for a Camino Walk. They have them in countries all over the world now, and they are a great opportunity to visit a country and absorb the surroundings.

Just as the best way to enjoy Forest Park is by walking through it, the best way to enjoy another country is on foot.

I’ve joined Carmela on several of her long walks recently, and we’ve walked from here to Ridgewood and Brooklyn and Forest Hills and Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill.

It’s a lot of fun just walking through our neighboring communities and seeING the different shops and the beautiful homes and old buildings. We’ve been like tourists in our own borough.

And so we might take part in this, but Sunday at 8 a.m. is a tough sell for me because of how much I enjoy Saturday nights. So if you do see me in the race and I look a little weary, be kind to me and keep your voice low!

To all the participants in the race, best of luck. And many thanks to the Queens Distance Runners and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, particularly executive director Raquel Olivares and Devina Sanichar, for bringing this fun event to our community.
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