Central Park New Years Eve Midnight Race
The Emerald Nuts Central Park Midnight Run offers a memorable New Year's Eve experience. The event begins with dancing and music at 10:00 p.m. There's a costume parade at 11:00 p.m., which is followed by fireworks and a four-mile fun run at midnight. The party takes place at the Central Park Bandshell, which is located just south of 72nd Street. The nearest park entrance is at 72 Street and 5th Avenue. The race course and starting point differs each year.
New York Road Runners
9 East 89th Street
New York, NY 10128
Prospect Park Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Race
On Thanksgiving Day, runners can burn off the turkey before eating it by participating in the five-mile Prospect Park Turkey Trot. While the race was once sponsored by the New York Road Runners Club, it is now under the auspices of the Prospect Park Track Club, which is a much smaller organization. As such, it's a smaller race, which only gets a minimal amount of publicity. The race begins and ends at the Oriental Pavilion; it's located near Prospect Park's Lincoln Road entrance. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. If you still have any energy left over, consider taking the ten-mile hike from Prospect Park across the Brooklyn Bridge to Lower Manhattan.
Prospect Park Track Club
P.O. Box 150658 Van Brunt Station
Brooklyn, NY 11215-0658
(718) 595 - 2049
Halloween Amazing New York Race
The Halloween Amazing New York Race is not a running event. However, the four-hour event takes you all around New York City. Meanwhile, your team will follow a series of clues to help locate scavengers throughout the city. You will need to bring a digital camera and purchase an unlimited Metro Pass. The event begins at 1:30 p.m at Jekyll and Hide, which describes itself as a "haunted New York City Restaurant."
Jekyll and Hyde
91 7th Avenue South
New York, New York, NY 10014
Article Written By Lisa Mercer
In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.