The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

The Best NYC Running Routes for 2018

Posted by on Friday, January 19th, 2018


New York City is blessed with many unique places to run. We know this firsthand, as the foot and ankle specialists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains are avid runners. Running is an excellent exercise for staying fit and improving longevity, and we like to practice what we preach when it comes to staying active, strong, and flexible. So, try one of the best NYC running routes that will help you stick to a New Year’s resolution of improved physical fitness in 2018.

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Get ready to hit the trails with these NYC running routes recommended by local podiatrists! Image Source: Wikimedia user Masen.

The Carroll Gardens Trail

Carroll Gardens is a beloved part of Brooklyn, with its hip bars and cafes, Italian eateries, historic brownstones, and tree-lined sidewalks. Take the loop from Carroll Gardens through Cobble Hill to Park Slope on a relatively easy 3.82-mile route. With main drags down Union and Dean streets, you’ll get a great view of the area’s architectural diversity, with plenty of opportunities for people watching along the way.

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Central Park’s Outer Loop

Central Park holds many possibilities for runners. If you’re a serious distance runner, the Outer Loop is your best bet, with up to six miles to cover. On your journey, you’ll start near the statue of Fred Lebow, the late founder of the New York Roadrunners and the NYC Marathon. You’ll pass ball fields and water fountains before hitting the uphill challenge of Harlem Hill. Towering skyscrapers will distract you from smaller hills to climb before you hit a nice easy, flat mile with lake and skyline views. You’ll pass the Great Lawn, Columbus Circle, tourists in horse-drawn carriages, the carousel, and the sailboat pond. Before you finish, there’s the dreaded steep 0.3-mile uphill chug at Cat Hill and a bit of an incline just behind the Met. It’s a great run for building strength and sightseeing.

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The Hudson River Run

The Hudson River Run is less-traveled than Central Park, but it can still be busy during peak hours. This run is best enjoyed at sunset if you ask us! The full path offers up to 8.89 miles, but shorter stretches are easily accomplished by ducking out at 14th Street or 79th Street. The river views are stunning, but you’ll also pass art installations, the Statue of Liberty, Chelsea Piers, USS Intrepid, and the George Washington Bridge.

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The Five Bridges Run

Not for the faint of heart, marathon trainers will find a challenge in the 16.67-mile route that goes over the 59th Street, Pulaski, Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn bridges. You’ll run five miles of the NYC Marathon, pass playgrounds and green belts, and traverse three of New York City’s boroughs all in one adventurous journey. A shorter run can be taken from Borough Hall over the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges if you don’t want to run with GPS.

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The Prospect Park Trail

The Prospect Park trail is a scenic, winding 3.4-mile path system with loads of greenery that makes you forget you’re in the big city. Begin your jog at Grand Army Plaza and stick with the perimeter loop down Prospect Park West and Southwest, then onto Parkside, Ocean, and Flatbush avenues. Smaller trails weave through the interior of the park if you’re looking to change things up. Roots Rated explains, “You’ll find a place with similar vibe to Central Park, just scaled down, though with better food trucks. There aren’t as many people, and the people who are there seem to know exactly what they’re doing: people aren’t lost and wandering, they’re running with a purpose….” It’s a nice, uncomplicated place to do some interval training.

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Need Foot and Ankle Care?

Running is great for the whole body, but there is always the danger of sustaining some type of injury. Or, you might find it difficult to hit the trails if you’ve already sustained an injury. So whether you need a diagnosis for a nagging foot or ankle injury, a footwear consultation or pair of custom orthotics, or gait analysis and assistance with technique to shave a few minutes off your time, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today to learn more.


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.