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If the ‘rat race’ is getting to you, then why not run one—of the ‘marathon’ kind

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, October 21, 2016

Do you have a slight obsession with running? Do you feel euphoric when you’re out there on a track or on trails? Do you find that races only heighten that feeling? Well you’re in luck, because we’ve compiled a list of some of the best races NYC has to offer, and many in which you may participate before the year is over. From 5K’s to marathons, there’s something for everyone. Even if you’re new to running, don’t hesitate to register for any of them—you may discover a new passion!

New York City 10K, October 23

Get your 6.2 miles in with the New York City 10K on Roosevelt Island. The race, sponsored by Clif Bar, Active, Run Mfg, and Gameface, is chip timed, and finishers receive a medal and a race shirt. Free race photos will be available after as well, so if you see a photographer along the way, give them your biggest smile! The course has a 1:30:00 time limit, which allows for about a 15-minute mile pace, but don’t let that scare you—you’re faster than you think. To register click here.

Verrazano Festival of Races 5K & 10K, October 23

One of the biggest Shore Road Park events of the year, the Verrazano Festival of Races will be a day you won’t soon forget. Run either the 3.1- or 6.2-mile route at your own pace, with both courses flat and scenic along the southern edge of Brooklyn. After your run under the Verrazano Bridge with views of the Manhattan skyline, you can celebrate with a medal and complementary food and drinks. For more information and to register click here.

Run the River 5K, October 29

This fast and easy 5K raises money to protect the waterways, wetlands, and recreational areas of Randall’s Island Park. You’ll start and finish at Icahn Stadium, a world-class track and field venue, running along the Harlem River. Celebrate your finish with refreshments from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company and tunes from DJ Tony Kerr. To register click here.

Haunted Island 5K & 10K, October 30

This Halloween-themed race throughout Roosevelt Island boasts two fast and flat courses with amazing views of Manhattan and Queens. The race is open to all ages and abilities, and participants are encouraged to come in costume. There’s also a spooky after-party to celebrate, with prizes for best costume and delicious food to refuel. For more information and to sign up click here.

New York City Marathon, November 6

The New York City Marathon is one of the most prestigious marathons, garnering runners and spectators from all over the world. You’d be hard-pressed to find a runner who doesn’t dream of qualifying for the race. Plus, the energy of the crowd throughout each of the five boroughs is incredible. While it may be too late to register now, you can always be a spectator on Nov. 6 or get a jump-start on training for next year’s. The 2017 marathon application will be open Jan. 17-Feb.17, and you can apply for the drawing or claim their guaranteed entry. The drawing will take place on March 2. To check their website for more information and for qualifying times click here.

Brooklyn Marathon, November 20

If you missed qualifying for the NYC Marathon, here’s your chance to run 26.2 miles. The sixth annual Brooklyn Marathon takes place in Prospect Park, with the lake and fall foliage serving as a beautiful backdrop. Runners will receive a medal and a long-sleeve technical tee at the finish, where they can then head to the post-race festival to chow down and celebrate. To register and get more information click here.

NYC Turkey Trot, November 26

Work off your Thanksgiving meal by running the NYC Turkey Trot. There are 5K and 15K options for the adults as well as a kid’s 100m dash, to suit anyone’s ability and comfort level, and runners in each race will receive a medal and the Turkey Trot’s famous cinnamon rolls at the finish line. The race takes place on Roosevelt Island, so you’ll have spectacular views of the East River, Manhattan, and Queens while you run. Register now by clicking here.

Cocoa Classic 5K & 10K, December 17

Running in the cold isn’t bad when you get free hot cocoa at the finish line, is it? Race the Cocoa Classic 5K or 10K for a good way to stay in shape during the holiday season. This course is fast and flat, with amazing views of Manhattan and Queens. Signing up ensures a free t-shirt as well, and who doesn’t love that? For more information and to sign up click here.


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