Running in a Graveyard

  • zakariahzol

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    Dec 12, 2009 2:49 PM GMT
    As you guys know. I love to run. To keep things intresting and new I like to find new ideas into my running. Like running at 5 am in the morning, and watch the night change to days. I find in a running website about a new jogging trail , that are in an ancient graveyard. Some of those grave are like 400years old. I have participate in a marathon before with thousand other runner , with a path thru a graveyard. It feel weird, running while reading all those tombstone and picture of all this death people starring at you. It kinda spooky.

    Personally, I think graveyard should be a final resting place for people, and nobody should be running there. On the other hand , I think it should be an interesting place to run. It shady with plenty of tree and really peaceful. What do you guys think. Should I try it? Have anyone run in a graveyard before?
  • Akula

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    Dec 12, 2009 3:50 PM GMT
    interesting post, back in victorian times cemetaries were used as parks so people could have family time and include deceased loved ones. I saw the same thing when i was in Korea. I'd totaly run in one as long as the trail was good.
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    Dec 12, 2009 6:10 PM GMT
    zakariahzol said
    Personally, I think graveyard should be a final resting place for people, and nobody should be running there.


    Do you think the sound of running might wake them up, or otherwise disturb them?
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    Dec 12, 2009 6:16 PM GMT
    I used to run in one of the cemeteries around my house. It's quiet, no one bothers you and quite relaxing.
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    Dec 12, 2009 6:25 PM GMT
    I used to live near a beautiful old cemetery with acres of huge trees and verdant lawns. I loved it and walked / ran there all the time. I used to stop and read some of the head stones as well. I saw it as a terrific old park - just for my pleasure. If I was buried there, I would have no problem with anyone running or viewing my head stone.........as long as they don't steal my flowers!
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    Dec 12, 2009 6:26 PM GMT
    I was the grounds keeper at a cemetery when I was in high school. Spent alot of time in there. As long as your not vandalizing the place, I see no problem.
  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 12, 2009 6:31 PM GMT
    There is a very old cemetery in my area, and a hiking group that I belonged to would go for a hike there once a year. It is also a historical site since President Garfield's monument is there. I will go there a couple of times a year if I can, and there is always something new to discover.

    Also, the mausoleum built for someone in the Tiffany family is beyond beautiful. The walls inside are lined with Tiffany glass mosaics depicting an ancient egyptian burial ceremony. Perhaps my favorite part of the cemetery.

    Here's a link to the cemetery's website:


    http://www.lakeviewcemetery.com/index.asp
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    Dec 12, 2009 6:47 PM GMT
    This past summer I actually did run through a cemetery a few times. It was a great way to relax and have some quiet time as I ended my run. I enjoyed seeing the different headstones and thinking how many generations of runners were buried in the cemetery and how things had changed since they were around.

    I don't think there would be any issue with running in a cemetery. Just be respectful and don't go about vandalizing as others have said.
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    Dec 12, 2009 8:34 PM GMT
    It seems like an excellent purpose for a cemetary.

    Around here cemetaries usually end up as soccer fields and athletics tracks anyway. You're just using it while it still looks nice.
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    Dec 12, 2009 9:27 PM GMT
    In really well-kept cemeteries you don't have to worry about horrible gravel at least.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 12, 2009 10:05 PM GMT
    Here in Buffalo, we have the historic Forest Lawn Cemetary that has winding narrow roadways that go through acres of large trees and tombstones. There are also ponds and a creek flowing through Forest Lawn. I don't particularly care about running through this cemetary, but it is a popular spot for running workouts because of the many small but steep hills that dot this cemetary and it helps runners escape from traffic on Buffalo's city streets.
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    Dec 12, 2009 10:08 PM GMT
    Most cemeteries are to this day meant to be enjoyed as peaceful spaces, despite whatever taboo baggage we bring to them. Go ahead and run!

    Sometimes, running is a chance to reflect. No better place to do that than in the company of hundreds of souls who have passed before you.

  • zakariahzol

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    Dec 12, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
    Corridore,

    That very true. During that marathon (Airforce Half Marathon) I did a couple of years a ago. While running, I was looking at those picture. Most of them are black and white , with the date of birth/ deceases written on the head stone

    I feel like running thru historical pages, wondering how they have live their life. Some are husband/wife buried next to each other. Kids who die young. Beautiful people and family plot.

    Make me, realize how short but precious life is, and we should enjoy and live our life as much as we can. It also make me, wonder about my own death when I will join all this departed soul.
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    Dec 12, 2009 10:56 PM GMT
    Be careful of the Zombies...depending on how fast u run.

    They probably couldn't catch you, but they could pull a flanking maneuver, and if they catch you, they will eat your brains.
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    Dec 12, 2009 11:06 PM GMT
    I love running in graveyards. In fact, this past Halloween, our town held a 10-mile run through its oldest cemetery, and I participated. My grandfather was there to cheer me on, in a manner of speaking. . . aisle 14, plot 20.

    I've also run in an old New England cemetery on a dark snowy night. Some of the headstones went back to the 18th century. What a great place to run.

    No, I don't think it's disrespectful at all to run in a graveyard, and I seriously doubt any of the occupants, if they were aware, would care in the least.
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    Dec 12, 2009 11:29 PM GMT
    I think older graveyards can be fun. With newer cemeteries, I think it's more respectful to the families of the recently departed not to use the facility for recreational purposes.
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    Dec 12, 2009 11:44 PM GMT
    Carries's hand may reach out and grab you.
  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 13, 2009 12:02 AM GMT
    tommysguns2000 saidBe careful of the Zombies...depending on how fast u run.

    They probably couldn't catch you, but they could pull a flanking maneuver, and if they catch you, they will eat your brains.


    Oh please! The running ability of the undead has been GRAVELY exaggerated over the years. Running at top speed, if they still have both legs, a zombie could possibly overtake a little girl that goes back to pick up her dolly that she dropped. However, be aware that zombies are now resorting to hitchhiking or securing taxi's resultant from their lack of coordination and athletic abilities. A zombie's ability to break through locked doors, however, is a site to behold.

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    Dec 13, 2009 12:04 AM GMT
    Hmm sorry guys, but I think it's a tad disrespectful. Of all the places where you could go running, really, a graveyard?
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    Dec 13, 2009 12:15 AM GMT
    syd_hockey_79 saidHmm sorry guys, but I think it's a tad disrespectful. Of all the places where you could go running, really, a graveyard?


    I tend to agree. The graveyards I've visited are far too convoluted to gain any appreciable speed anyway.
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    Dec 13, 2009 12:47 AM GMT
    tommysguns2000 saidBe careful of the Zombies...depending on how fast u run.

    They probably couldn't catch you, but they could pull a flanking maneuver, and if they catch you, they will eat your brains.


    I'd be more concerned about ghouls. They run faster, and unlike zombies, tend to shrug off head shots. If you're going to go running through graveyard frequented by ghouls, I would suggest carrying some manner of lightweight flame thrower or perhaps some incendiary grenades.

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  • mynyun

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    Dec 13, 2009 1:01 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite said
    tommysguns2000 saidBe careful of the Zombies...depending on how fast u run.

    They probably couldn't catch you, but they could pull a flanking maneuver, and if they catch you, they will eat your brains.


    I'd be more concerned about ghouls. They run faster, and unlike zombies, tend to shrug off head shots. If you're going to go running through graveyard frequented by ghouls, I would suggest carrying some manner of lightweight flame thrower or perhaps some incendiary grenades.

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    If one practices the occult then this is unnecessary. Any manner of verbal protection or talismans could/should suffice in order to make it through the grave yard safely. But dodging the undead would be beneficial to ones exercise, not to mention ones life. So rock on.