8 Best Parts About Running In NYC

1. Our Bridges

It doesn’t matter which bridge you’re running, they’re all equally incredible! Not even the tourists who jump in your way can take away from their splendor! If you’re in New York, you have to run from Brooklyn Bridge Park into Manhattan.

2. Central Park

If only there was a six miles that looped an incredible park in that concrete jungle…OH WAIT! THERE IS! New York may be flat but when it comes time for training Central Park is where it’s at. From Cat and Harlem Hills to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, Central Park is my favorite place to run in NYC.

3. The West Side Highway

Looking for an insanely beautiful running path that’s on the Hudson River, free of stoplights, totally flat and that you can run 1-10 miles on? Then run along Manhattans West Side!

4. The Mid Run Entertainment

Where else can you get break dancers, bubble blowers and live music during a run? This is the only time you’ll hear the words “show time” and not cringe.

5. Our Races!

The best part about New York City is that there is some sort of race almost every single weekend! There’s a reason the New York City Marathon is one of the most famous marathons in the world, NEW YORK TURNS UP! You spend 26.2 miles running through our incredible 5 Burroughs while being cheered for by hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers.  The energy of our big races is unparalleled! Whether you’re running the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon, the New York City Half Marathon, The New York City Marathon or the hundreds of other races you’re bound to have an amazing time.

6. The Post Run Treats

Pizza. Bagels. Ice Cream. Burgers. It’s all right there steps away.

7. The Bathrooms!

We’ve all been there, you are mid run when disaster strikes and you're miles away from a bathroom. In New York you’re never more than a quarter mile from the nearest porcelain thrown and that my friends is why I live here.

8. The Other Runners.

The best part about running is the community and in New York, you’re rarely alone! From the dozens of running groups and teams to just passing one another when you’re out and about, there’s safety in numbers and in New York City runners are everywhere!

New York is a wonderful, wonderful place to be a runner. Whether you live here are want to visit, one of the best ways to see our city is to run it! Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.