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3 October Races in NYC for the Serious Runner

Posted by on Friday, October 5th, 2018


The NYC Marathon is fast approaching on November 4th. If you want to be one of the 50,000+ finishers, you’ve got to keep up with a steady amount of training through October. Fortunately, there are some really fun events you can participate in that will give your training an immediate sense of purpose. And who doesn’t love a good post-race party? Your foot and ankle specialist friends here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine recommend the following October races in NYC. Remember, if you have any ounce of pain, do not hesitate to contact us for a full range of treatment options that will keep you in tip-top shape before the big finale next month.

October races in NYC
Check out these three cool October races in NYC for the serious runner! [Image Source: Shutterstock]

3 Epic October Races in NYC for the Serious Runner

  1. Race: The 6th Annual Brooklyn Greenway Half & 5K
    Date & Time: Sunday, October 14th at 8:30 AM/ 9:35 AM
    Start/Finish: Columbia Street between Kane and Degraw Streets
    Description: Experience the Brooklyn Waterfront like never before as you take in unique and memorable urban views including the skylines of midtown and lower Manhattan, the iconic Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges, and run through city, state, and industrial parks including Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Brooklyn Greenway Half & 5K supports Brooklyn Greenway Initiative—a non-profit organization committed to the development, establishment, and long term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. When complete, this 14-mile landscaped route for pedestrians, runners, and cyclists will connect parks and cultural corridors from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.
    Cost: (Until October 13) 5K: $50; Half Marathon: $75
  2. Race: Brooklyn Marathon & Half Marathon
    Date & Time: Saturday, October 20th at 7 a.m.
    Start/Finish: The Brooklyn Museum (Washington Avenue & Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn)/Prospect Park (Center Drive)
    Description: The atmosphere is high-energy with tons of people, costumes, music blaring, vendor tents, and spectators. The first section of the Half takes you through a hilly course around the park with one steep hill at mile 4.75. The next phase rolls down the residential Ocean Parkway, a six-lane straight-away that seems to stretch on forever. The final reward is a cool, crowd-lined boardwalk sprint to the finish. The full marathon takes you for six loops around Prospect Park, which is comforting to runners who like to know where they stand, although it does mean six times up that killer hill!
    Cost: You missed the $95 early bird registration (ended 9/26), but you can still pay $125 through 10/15 or $150 until expo or online closes. The full marathon will cost you $190 through 10/8, $200 through 10/15, or $240 at expo or online. You cannot register on race day, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance!
  3. Race: Haunted Island 5K 2018
    Date & Time: Sunday, October 28th at 9 a.m.
    Start/Finish: “Spooky” Roosevelt Island (see map)
    Description: Roosevelt Island was once home to a prison, a hospital, and an asylum, so it’s a fitting setting for a haunted race. Even without the entertaining Halloween costumes, Roosevelt Island is a great 3.1-mile run—fast, flat, and boasting scenic views of the Manhattan skyline and Queensboro Bridge. Hydrating beverages will be available along the way, with bagels, spreads, fresh fruit, and candy at the finish. Runners also receive a free finish line photo and t-shirt. (Note: If you really like the course and you don’t mind running through the elements, come back in December for the Cocoa Classic!)
    Cost: $40 registration through 10/15. The cost goes up to $45 after that and $50 on race day (if availability allows).

Visit a Podiatrist Before/After the October Races in NYC

Be sure to stop in and see us at the first sign of foot pain. We’re foot and ankle experts with specialized training in sports medicine aimed at helping runners maintain peak efficiency. Taking care of any nagging aches and pains early will give you the broadest range of treatment options. It could just be a new pair of shoes, custom orthotics, or a few good stretches needed to get you through to the NYC Marathon! Contact us today.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.