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The Best Spooky Halloween Runs in New York City 2017

Posted by on Thursday, October 26th, 2017


Getting into the spirit of Halloween in New York City is frightfully simple with the number of spooky runs this year! These events are perfect for both seasoned, avid runners and those in need for an excuse to take up this life-enhancing exercise. After all, who doesn’t want to liven up their workout with some holiday shenanigans?

We hope you have an enjoyable run, whether you’re racing for prizes, competing against your own best time, or just in it for the festive fun. Today, our NYC podiatrists share the best Halloween runs in New York City to make this October extra special.

Halloween runs in NYC
Celebrate Halloween with one a spooky NYC run! Image Source: Wikimedia user Ronhjones.

NYC Runs Haunted Half Marathon

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 8 a.m.

Where: Shore Road Park – Shore Road & 69th St Brooklyn, NY  11209

Why: The course is as flat as can be, but it offers a superb view of the Manhattan skyline from across the harbor. You’ll pass through the southern edge of Brooklyn, beneath the Verrazano Bridge. Organizers promise “a superb after party and a Halloween themed post-race spread” with water, Gatorade, Clif Bars, bagels, and fresh fruit. All finishers receive a medal.

NYCRUNS Haunted Island 5K & 10K

When: Sunday, October 29th, 2017, at 8:30 (5-K) or 9:30 (10-K)

Where: Roosevelt Island’s Firefighters Field – 425 Main St. Roosevelt Island, NY  10044

Why: Firefighters Field is a nice little spot next to the East River and the Roosevelt Island Bridge. Veterans of this race like that the race is well-organized but smaller than some of the other events. This means they can be there front and center, at the finish line to cheer on their friends. After the race, runners can participate in the costume contest or hop in the on-site photo booth with their friends. There will be plenty of candy, bagels, and fruit after the run.

NYRR Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff

When: Sunday, October 29th, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Central Park (West Drive & 67th Street)

Why: This five-miler takes runners through the lower loop in Central Park on a pretty flat course, avoiding Harlem Hill and Cat Hill. A past racer said the paths were super organized and the fluid stations well-stocked with (you guessed it) Poland Spring water. This race sells out every year, so you know it’s good!

HoBOOken 5K & Scary Scurry

When: Saturday, October 28th, 2017, at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. (for kids)

Where: Pier A – 100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Why: Pier A Park on the Hudson River offers a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. T-shirts and goodie bags will be available on a first come, first serve basis, but there will also be post-race vendors like Bean Vault Coffee and Stony Hill Farms cider. All runners are invited to the after-party at Wicked Wolf. The Scary Scurry invites kids ages 2-9 to run in costume, and parents are encouraged to run the 3.1-mile course with their little boys and ghouls. Proceeds from this race go to the Hoboken Shelter. As with all Halloween races, a costume contest and awards can be expected.

The Zombie Mud Run

When: Saturday, October 28th, 2017, at 9:30 am

Where: “Field of Terror” at 831 Windsor Perrineville Road, East Windsor, NJ 08520

Why: If you’re looking for a challenge and enjoy zombies, it’s worth traveling 90 minutes to East Windsor. You’ll run, dive, crawl, and climb through a 5K, complete with mud, zombies, and Army-style obstacles. You’ll pass through a mud field, cemetery, a sawmill, a greenhouse, a corn maze, and haunted woods. Live music, vendors, games, food, and drink are available after the race at the Human Salvation Party. It’s truly otherworldly, unlike any other race you’ve ever run! Daily Burn called this one of the best mud runs in the country.

As fun as running is, there is always the possibility of injury. Our NYC podiatrists work the sidelines of many professional distance races in the New York City area and would love to treat you if any aches and pains haunt your feet or ankles in the coming weeks. If discomfort lingers for more than a few days after the race, contact our NYC podiatrists for prompt, professional care. Happy Halloween, and happy running!


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.