This time of year, there is no better way to enjoy the city than by making it into your own personal gym. With such a diverse array of running routes, there is a path for every runner. We’ve rounded up our top six and included information on which sneakers you should be wearing on each route. What are you waiting for? Lace up and hit the pavement!
Entrances: Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District and West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.
Distance: 1.45 miles
What to Expect: Views of the Hudson River and the Meatpacking District in addition to street art, sculptures, and picturesque gardens.
Best Sneaker for this Pathway: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 – an option that is both light and durable. There’s no need for anything too serious or heavy on this leisurely path.
Insider Tip: To avoid crowds, head out early morning. The Park opens at 7:00 am.
Central Park Reservoir Loop
Entrances: Central Park Center, 85th to 96th Street
Distance: 1.58 miles
What to Expect: Iconic views, regular runners, and tough rolling hills that will get your glutes in shape.
Best Sneaker for this Pathway: Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12 – an option that is stylish, practical, and lightweight. Choose a sneaker will suit your Central Park jaunt on and off the trails.
Insider Tip: For a flatter surface with equally majestic reservoir views, try running loops around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.
Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges Run
Entrances: Start at the entrance of the Brooklyn Bridge from either the Manhattan or Brooklyn side.
Distance: 3.5 Miles
What to Expect: An incline on the bridge adds to the intensity of your run. The incredible views are swoon-worthy, but may get in the way of your best sweat if you try to capture them all with a photo!
Best Sneaker for this Pathway: Brooks Launch 4 – You’ll need a firm heel and flexible forefoot for this run. Choose a sneaker that will help soften the ground beneath you.
Insider Tip: Map out this run, among others, using MapMyRun and other running blogs and apps. You can find routes, create your own, log your runs, and get feedback from friends to ensure the most personalized and productive workouts.
Tip of Manhattan Run
Distance: 7 Miles
Entrances: Start at the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan at Houston Street.
What to Expect: As you run along the West Side Highway and round the tip of Manhattan, you’ll catch the stunning landscape of the Statue of Liberty, Staten Island Ferry, South Street Seaport and Governors Island. Coming up the East River, you get to take in the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges before heading back to Houston Street to finish your run.
Best Sneaker for this Pathway: Newton Running Gravity 6 – these high-mileage trainers with five lugs under the foot will help carry you through the long distance.
Insider Tip: Bring plenty of water and sunglasses to shield you from the sun’s scorching rays
West Side Highway (North) up the Hudson River Greenway
Distance: 12 miles
Entrances: Start in Battery Park City at Vesey Street and West Street. Run north along the West Side Highway.
What to Expect: Mostly flat pavement, plus epic views of the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge, and, if you run far enough, the Little Red Lighthouse.
Best Sneaker for this Pathway: Asics Gel-DS Trainer 22 – the full-length midsole and lightweight nature of these sneakers will help keep you going on this longer distance run.
Insider Tip: On weekends hit the path early morning hours to avoid crowds.
Van Cortlandt Park
Distance: 3.1 miles
Entrances: Broadway and Van Cortlandt Park South, Bronx
What to Expect: A departure from skyscrapers and skyline views, the park is home to over 1000 acres with 14-plus miles of trails to explore. A great way to take a break from the concrete and seek out some trees.
Best sneaker for this pathway: Adidas Supernova – choose an option with great cushioning to support the unpredictable terrain of these trails.
Insider Tip: The park also has a running track, which is right near the Nature Center. Mix up your workout with a cross-country warm-up followed by an intense workout on the track.