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Running in Central Park | © Flickr/Julen Iturbe-Ormaetxe
Running in Central Park | © Flickr/Julen Iturbe-Ormaetxe

The Best Running Routes In Manhattan, New York City

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Sports Editor
Updated: 12 July 2017
Surrounded by water and featuring various parks and facilities, New York City‘s borough of Manhattan is a fantastic place to run or jog. Culture Trip takes a look at some of its best routes.

Central Park

An ideal place for sports and activities, Central Park is open 365 days a year and offers a variety of running paths and trails. Runners can jog the 6.1-mile perimeter around the 843-acre park in the middle of Manhattan or enjoy a variety of the park’s paths and views, including the 1.58-mile track around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

Running routes map

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Randall’s Island

Situated between Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, Randall’s Island boasts more than five miles of waterfront pathways providing great views of the city. Icahn Stadium, located at the island’s northwestern shoreline, includes a 400-meter track. Running routes map

East River Promenade

Looking for a different view of the East River while running? Head along FDR Drive at East River Park while looking toward Brooklyn’s waterfront. Runners can also utilize the New York East River Park Track on East 6th Street or jog the 1.6 miles across the Williamsburg Bridge into Brooklyn.

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Hudson River Greenway

Located on Manhattan’s west side, there are 12 miles between Fort Tryon Park and Battery Park City to stretch your legs and endurance out on. The entire run, which encompasses Fort Washington Park, Riverside Park, Hudson River Park and Riverbank State Park, will have you pass through nearly 15 neighborhoods.

Bobby Wagner Walk

This walk is part of the East River Esplanade that runs from 90th St. to 125th St. and passes through Carl Schurz Park and Thomas Jefferson Park. Enjoy views of the East River, Roosevelt Island, Randall’s Island and the Willis Avenue Bridge on this trek that’s a little more than two miles.