I mentioned to Carly last night that I was considering running every street in Minneapolis as a fitness challenge. I like projects like this. Her ears immediately perked up. She told me she had a Barnes & Noble gift certificate burning a hole in her wallet and also needed a cookie, so let’s get out of the house.
My Virgin Map
I live near the Southeast part of the city (but not Southeast Minneapolis – that’s more like East Minneapolis than Southeast Minneapolis). So I figured I could start this project today at the opposite end of the city and work my way back across over time.
My inspiration for this is Francine Corcoran, a local woman who walked the 1,071 miles of city streets over three years between 2003-2005. (Thanks to KARE-11 for having a search engine friendly story on Ms Corcoran I could find and link to.)
The Starting Line
That’s the NW corner of Minneapolis. Go one step further and you’re in Brooklyn Center. A K&G Men’s Mart at Brookdale Mall is visible from this corner:
I decided to start with East – West out and backs, so my first run took me down 53rd Ave N. On the North side of the road is a housing development with a fence protecting Brooklyn Center residents from Minneapolitans:
When I got home, I highlighted my route on my map:
Then I took a step back and realized that this is a huge project.
Also, I’ve realized that there are going to be a lot of rivers, lakes, schools, parks, train yards, etc., that break up the routes. Shingle Creek is my current challenger.
If you’re game on helping me chip off some miles, let’s do it.
Other runners encountered today: 0.