New York City is not a city considered by many to have jogger friendly routes. Besides maneuvering through bumbling tourists and 1.5 million residents in Manhattan alone, the city's gridded streets and heavy traffic prevent an uninterrupted workout in any direction. But, if you're looking to stretch your legs following a day-long Managed Markets Seminar, here are some of the best jogging routes the city has to offer:
In addition to the obvious tourist appeal, Central Park is also home to NYC's most popular jogging paths. Although there are several routes within the park, the longest distance is 6.1 miles and features flat to hilly terrain. Most runners gravitate towards the 1.6-mile loop encircling the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, which allows for an unobstructed view of the city skyline and an opportunity for bird watching (N.B. only run counter clockwise around the reservoir or suffer the wrath of every jogger you pass). The city shuts down traffic access around the park at certain times during the day, so try to schedule your run on weekdays from 10am-3pm, 7-10pm or anytime on the weekend.
Distance: 6.1 miles
Hudson River Park Way
The Hudson River Park Way makes up a portion of the 32-mile-long Manhattan Waterfront Greenway that circles the island. With the cool river breezes, wide foot path and city panoramas, this route is one of NYC's most pleasant. Although you can pick up the trail anywhere along the Greenway, the Hudson River portion stretches from Harlem to Ground Zero. It's accessible from several locations in the city, so the best recommendation is take a there-and-back loop based on your whereabouts. The park and its piers have plenty of other activities for non-runners, including batting cages, bike/boat rentals, a number of athletic courts and outdoor movies. For a map and more information on the entire Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, click here.
Distance: 8.5 miles
Manhattan-Brooklyn Bridge Loop
If you're looking for a continuous jog, undeterred by sightseers, whizzing subway cars and occasional construction, this path is probably not for you. But, for unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge, East River and Lower Manhattan, there's hardly a better track in the city. Starting from New York City Hall in Manhattan, the first half of the run is a steady incline for the better part of the Brooklyn Bridge. It's all downhill when you cross over the Manhattan Bridge on your return trip; make sure you take the southern walkway for better views and no cyclists. The bridge ends in Chinatown, where you have the option to complete the loop back to City Hall via Canal and Centre St.
Distance: 3.9 miles
If you happen to find yourself in Brooklyn, take your workout to Prospect Park in the heart of the borough. Designed by the same group who planned Central Park, Prospect Park is a comparatively quiet wooded retreat, with natural ponds and plenty of grassy space for almost any outdoor activity. You can run the perimeter of the park or take to the vast network of inner trails; just watch your footfalls horses travel some of these paths, too. Like Central Park, traffic is closed off during certain times of the day, so plan accordingly.
Distance: 3.4 miles
Visit New York on October 13 to test out these jogging routes and attend the Decision Resources Group Seminar on Managed Markets.