Runners find shade, scenery on Niskayuna trail

A bicyclist rides into Lions Park in Niskayuna along the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail on Wednesday. (Ned Campbell/Gazette Reporter)A bicyclist rides into Lions Park in Niskayuna along the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail on Wednesday. (Ned Campbell/Gazette Reporter)

BY NED CAMPBELL
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — Back in January, a few friends and I decided to run 13.1 miles, a half marathon, in the bitter cold and snow.

Call us overachievers, call us crazy — we were looking for a challenge. Starting at Lions Park in Niskayuna, we took the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail all the way to Troy. While portions of the trail had been cleared, we ended up running through a lot more snow than planned or desired.

Challenge found.

Our hard work was rewarded with fried chicken and waffles once we reached the finish line — Flying Chicken in Troy.

If everything but the part about eating chicken and waffles sounds like no fun to you, don’t worry: This article is not about winter running. It’s about running outside when it makes more sense to, and as it turns out, Lions Park is a great place to start.

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