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New York has always been a city of possibilities. And for runners searching for great routes to explore, this is definitely the case. However, because New York is so large, it`s tough to know where to begin.
Now, with New York Running Guide, finding great places to run in the Big Apple is easy. Both city residents and visitors will find all the information they need to enjoy 44 of the best routes throughout New York`s five boroughs, Long Island, and New Jersey. Eight of the routes in the book are profiles of the best races in the New York City area.
For each running route included, the book provides:
• an introduction explaining why the route was selected;
• a detailed map showing roads and trails to follow on the route;
• an icon key that shows route distance, scenery, terrain, hill ratings, and available facilities;
• access information that tells how to get to the starting point; and
• course information that describes every turn of the run.
With New York Running Guide, tourists who previously may have confined their running to quick jaunts through Central Park can now confidently step out and experience scenic and challenging runs throughout the city. The hundreds of thousands of runners who reside in the city can use the book to expand their running to new and invigorating routes in areas of New York.
Experience the best of New York City in your running shoes. This guide provides 44 proven routes that are as diverse and unique as the city itself.
Chapter 1. Manhattan
• Central Park
• Riverside Park
• Lower Manhattan to Battery Park (West Side)
• Lower Manhattan to Battery Park (East Side)
• Upper East Side/East River Promenade
• The Cloisters/Ft. Tryon/Inwood Hills Park
• Roosevelt Island
Chapter 2. The Bronx
• Van Cortland Park
• Van Cortland Park/Croton Aqueduct
• Riverdale Park
• New York Botanical Gardens
• Pelham Bay Park
• Pelham Bay Park/Orchard Beach
Chapter 3. Long Island
• Plainview 10K
• The Three Hills of Huntington
• Bethpage Bike Path
• Teddy Roosevelt Run/Oyster Bay
Chapter 4. Brooklyn
• Bay Ridge Park North/South
• Prospect Park
• Coney Island/Brighton Beach
Chapter 5. Queens
• Forest Park
• Flushing Meadows Park
• Kissena Park and Corridor Park
• Jacob Riis Park/Breezy Point
• Alley Pond Park
Chapter 6. Staten Island
• Cloves Lake Park/Silver Lake Park
• South Beach-Gateway National Recreation Area
• Midland Beach/Oakwood Beach
• Great Kills Park
• Willow Brook Park
• The Greenbelt
Chapter 7. New Jersey
• Palisades Interstate Park (North)
• Palisades Interstate Park (Central)
• Palisades Interstate Park (South)
• Glen Ridge
Chapter 8. New York Road Races
• New York Marathon
• The Backwards Mile
• The Empire State Building Run-Up
• Prospect Park 5-Miler
• Roosevelt Island 10K
• Wall Street Rat Race
• The Trevira Twosome
• Midnight Run
Robert McCullough is a journalist and author who lives near Boston, Massachusetts. He is also the author of a sports interview collection entitled My Greatest Day in Baseball, and his writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, The L.A. Times, SPORT magazine, and New Age Journal. He has run four marathons, including Boston twice, both times as a bandit.
Miles Jaffe is a professional writer and editor and the publisher of New York's Metro Sports Magazine. He is also the author of Skiing the Best, a guide to ski areas across the United States and Canada. An avid runner, Jaffe is a member of the New York Road Runners Club.
"New York Running Guide tames the concrete jungle of New York. When people envision New York, they think of concrete, glass, and steel. For runners, this couldn't be further from the truth. This book describes the various areas and pleasures of running in New York. It is a must for visiting runners as well as those runners who have lived here for many years." Allan Steinfeld President New York Road Runners Club, Inc.
"This entertaining, practical, and informative guide to running in New York and the surrounding areas will serve as an indispensable guide to locals and visitors alike. The writing style is conversational yet to the point, providing important details." Gordon Bakoulis Editor-in-Chief Running Times