Greetings from NYC! We are here again for our spring sports classes and every time I run in this city, I remember all over again, what a great place this is to run. I wanted to share a few of my favorite spots. Please forgive me, as I am going to just focus on the borough of Manhattan. There are so many great places outside of Manhattan, but seeing as I typically run here, I will let the other experts share their faves beyond this little island.
Favorite Must Try It At Least Once: If you are going to be in the city, you have to run a loop or sections of Central Park. It isn’t my absolute favorite place to run, but it has some great appeal. First, one loop of the park is exactly 6 miles, which is a great distance for me. Typically, any place I stay at is at least a mile from the park, so that is an awesome 7-8 route.
The park is super hilly, and that presents some fun and challenging moments. You also get a great view of both the Upper East and Upper West sides as well as some great sites within the park. You will find yourself running amongst thousands of other runners, bikes, and horse drawn carriages.
Please do be cautious as parts of the loop are open to traffic. Cabs can drive a little crazy, and cyclists can be quite dangerous as well. There are many bike rental areas for tourists and they tend to roam outside of the designated bike path. I tend to only run this during quieter hours to avoid busy traffic.
Favorite Long Flat Path: If you are looking for a picturesque and flat route, take a cab up to the George Washington Bridge and run straight down to Battery Park. This route is about 10 miles, and you get beautiful views of the Hudson River, numerous fun piers, and skyline views. If 10 miles is too long for you, pop in along the Upper West Side. Start with a jog through flower lined Riverside Park and it spits you out right on the pathway.
Favorite Escape From The City, Within The City: I love running on Randall’s Island. I mentioned to my husband the other day that this is where I fell in love with distance running. A few years ago, I would only see a handful of runners on the island, but now it is busy morning, noon, and night.
The Parks Department has devoted itself to creating an athlete’s paradise on this little island with numerous ball fields, a tennis center, golf center, horse stables, and path’s galore.
A footbridge from the East River brings you over to this perfect place that allows you to be just far enough away that you feel like you left the city. Plus, there is a FDNY training center and you might just get the chance to run alongside the recruits during their training runs!
Get Your Tour’s Worth: If you really want to experience NYC on a long run, I highly recommend starting on the Upper East side along the East River Path. Take this all the way to the bottom of Manhattan and hop on the Hudson River Path. Follow it all the way up to Harlem and take a jog along 125th Street.
You will get to see Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and New Jersey. This route will take you by the Williamsburg Bridge (a favorite one to run over) and the Brooklyn Bridge. You will see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island along the way too. Running this loop will give you a serious workout and also a sneak peek into much of the city.
This might be a bit too much for one run. Break it up into a few segments during your stay and you will experience the city in a whole different way!
You Can’t Go Wrong Here: NYC is a great running city. Even if you are staying in Midtown and just want to get a quick run in, all you need to do is lace up and hit the sidewalks. Let the stop lights dictate your route and you are bound to see some fun sights along the way.
Have you ever been to NYC? Do you have a favorite running route in Manhattan? Help me out with your favorite routes in the other boroughs!