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Tortoise & Hare Statue

“Slow and steady wins the race,” is inscribed in the Tortoise & Hare sculpture, which serves as a popular meeting place for runners before and after cross country races in Van Cortlandt Park.

Designed by Michael Browne in collaboration with fabricator Stuart Smith, Tortoise & Hare celebrates Aesop’s fable of the same name by bringing to life the race between the mild–mannered reptilian and the overconfident and fleet–footed rabbit. Here the two are virtually neck–and–neck and seem to be striving towards the finish line. The work, which sits on a stone pedestal, lies just outside the finish line of the Van Cortlandt Park cross country track, one of the best known in the country. The Tortoise & Hare was created as part of a 1997 capital project upgrading the track, which incorporates this Aesopian theme throughout.