Friday Foto: Running On The Beach

running on the beach, Cuttyhunk Island,

Running Cuttyhunk Island (Photo:

Summer is for running on the beach, like this one on Cuttyhunk Island in the Elizabeth Islands of Massachusetts. I toured the entire island in a 1-hour jaunt that took me alongside beaches, marshes, cliffs, the town of Gosnold and the sparkling waters of Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound. It was a magical run in an unspoiled place.

Cuttyhunk has no cars, save a few trucks used for utility. Most of the 75 residents of Gosnold—which spans the Elizabeth Islands—and visitors to Cuttyhunk get around on foot or golf cart. As a runner, using my own two feet would do.

I arrived by sailboat with my husband and two of our friends who joined us for a four-day sail around the southern coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We rowed ashore—yes, rowed—in a little dinghy that came with our chartered boat. Folks on far fancier boats with large motorized dinghies giggled as we rowed by. We got lots of friendly heckles including a few shouts of “Rub a dub dub!” and “Row, row, row you boat!” We laughed along with them. That’s also what summer is for: laughing.

After the run, we splashed in the water by the beach and then walked back to our dinghy on the pier. What a magical way to spend a morning.

Running on vacation is one of my favorite ways to see a new place. And running on the beach is probably my favorite vacation run of them all.

Ah, summer.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


08 2013

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    I LOVE running on vacation! I am so excited to be going away for a few days at the end of this month!

    Love that photo of you on the beach, you look seriously awesome and strong!
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    I totally took advantage of needing to do a run to explore Oregon this weekend. The lady in the hotel gave us a path. We got totally lost and ended up on this monstrous hill, but the result was a breathtaking view of the three Sisters Mountains on the way back! I’m definitely looking forward to getting some runs in while in Hawaii!


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