Starting at the New York Running Company-Columbus Circle, this route is a hilly 10k loop around Central Park.
This 6.2 mile route runs entirely within the jewel of New York City — Central Park. This is a challenging run enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Starting from our store, enter the Park and begin your run going counter-clockwise on the main roadway. Be sure to stay to left in the pedestrian lane. As you run north you’ll see (and hear) the famous Central Park Carousel. Soon after 72nd Street you’ll begin a climb up Cat Hill, so named for the famous statue of a cougar that looms on a rock to your left. You’ll soon pass Cleopatra’s Needle, located on your left as you pass the rear of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
You’ll then be running adjacent to the famous Central Park Reservoir as you head north. Keep your eyes open for the statue of New York Road Runner founder Fred Lebow, stopwatch in hand. You’ll wind your way around the North Meadow ballfields and then begin the hardest part of the run. . . the dreaded Harlem Hills. Enjoy a long descent that takes you past the Lasker Pool and Ice Rink and then you will face a daunting uphill, with dramatic rock outcroppings. You’ll ascend 65 feet in the span of half a mile, and begin your route back along the west side of the park.
As you run south you’ll enjoy rolling hills along the west side of the Park, where you’ll have views of the Lake and some of Central Park’s famous walking bridges. As you finish your loop you’ll actually be running across the finish line of the New York City Marathon.
Come on up to our store to stretch and tell us about your run!
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