New York City is a great place to be a runner. With organized races nearly every weekend and running groups galore, the Big Apple is home to a supportive community that will help you reach your running goals. But where are the best NYC runs?
The last thing you want to do is run along the crowded sidewalks in Midtown, dodging tourists, taxis, cars and buses. Sure, you could head to Central Park or Prospect Park, but you'll be pounding the pavement with hundreds of your running besties. So where do you go when you want to log some uninterrupted miles? Here are six options:
1. Hudson River Greenway
One of the best NYC runs is along the west side of Manhattan and the Hudson River. You can carve out just about any distance along this 11-mile out-and-back path from Battery Park to the George Washington Bridge, and the Little Red Lighthouse under the bridge makes a perfect stopping point. You'll enjoy gorgeous views of the Hudson while passing sites such as Chelsea Piers, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, and Grant's Tomb.
2. East Side Path
If you're an East Sider, don't fret. You can totally escape the skyscrapers and city traffic. Enter the East River Promenade at 60th Street and York Avenue, and head north along the path. You'll be treated to views of Roosevelt Island and Queens and will pass the mayor's house, Gracie Mansion. Your turnaround point is 91st Street for a 3-mile out-and-back run, or continue on the path to 125th Street for six miles. Craving more distance? Head over to Randall's Island.