A Look Back At The Old Armory

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The New York Times has a great article that looks back at some of the history of the Armory Track and Field Center on 168th street and Fort Washington Avenue.

"Besides the splinters, I had floor burn," Sander recalled Thursday at the gussied-up armory in Washington Heights. "I was as red as a beet. My skin looked like it had gone through a meat grinder."

This was the occupational hazard of the old rutted wooden track, now mercifully replaced by a smooth artificial surface. The old fortress at West 168th Street and Fort Washington Avenue has become the Armory Track and Field Center, home to runners from the inner city, suburbs, far-off blue states and red states, and even contingents of track-mad French athletes who make a pilgrimage every year.

The armory, now beginning the 100th year since the laying of its cornerstone in December 1909, is a wonderful place, filled almost every day from November through March, with hundreds of runners, bustling with the hopefulness and energy of youth.

Read the full article here.

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