Running in New York

Running in New York

Running in New York, like through Central Park, along the Hudson River or over the Brooklyn Bridge, will make you feel like a real New Yorker. I regularly sprint too. To my front door when my pizza is delivered. But for those who really love a workout, I’ve made a selection of the best places for running in Manhattan. Did you know that there are actually several loops that pass by the major highlights of the city? This is a perfect activity if the New York Marathon is a bit much for you, but you still want to go for a run in the city.

Running in Central Park

The most famous spot for running in New York is of course Central Park. Local New Yorkers also head to the park to improve their condition. There’s a paved drive through the entire park that includes several lanes: for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorised traffic. This is a good place for a safe run. A full loop through Central Park is nearly 8 kilometres, but you can also take one of the various transverses to cut across the park.

Would you like to know more about the sights you pass by while running? Then join this casual run through Central Park. During this 5k running tour, the guide will explain all about the famous hotspots as you jog by. Do you have the energy to go for a longer run? Then this 6.5k Central Park Running Tour might be for you.

Eric’s Tip: “If you’re planning on going for a run in Central Park, head to the park early in the morning. Later in the day, it can be quite crowded. I wouldn’t recommend going in the evening as the park isn’t a very safe place at night. Don’t forget to bring your MetroCard in case you’ve been running behind a good looking New Yorker for too long and you’re too exhausted to run back.”

Running over the Brooklyn Bridge

Another hotspot to discover while running is the Brooklyn Bridge. Take the subway to Brooklyn and run back towards Manhattan. If you’ve been eating too many hotdogs, you can also run to Brooklyn first and then run back. Don’t forget to stop every once in a while to enjoy the skyline views.

Running in Manhattan

Manhattan offers many more places for a good run. They’re perhaps less known, but might be just as fun. You can even jog through the busy area surrounding Times Square. During The Running Tour over The Crossroads of the World, you’ll discover Times Square, Grand Central Station, and Rockefeller Center.

In Lower Manhattan, you can also discover the roots of New York. This is the area where immigrants entered the country and left their marks at South Street Seaport and City Hall. You can also pass by Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial.

The High Line Park in New York is definitely worth visiting. It’s an ideal place for a run in the morning. Another popular spot for running in the area is Hudson River Park. It is a very long park area that stretches through most of the West Side of Manhattan parallel to the Hudson River. Along the route, you get 4.1 miles (7 kilometres) of almost uninterrupted views of the river, glimpses of dozens of piers and lots of greenery.

And if you are in need of some new running clothes or shoes, you can visit one of the sports stores in New York.

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