With the variety of terrain combined with the gorgeous scenery of the surrounding landscape, Central Park is a runner’s paradise. The site of the New York Marathon’s final 3.2 miles, the park offers many scenic distractions while providing a challenge to all levels of runners. You can download a detailed running map with all distances listed or check out our Central Park Running Group at WalkJogRun.net.
Locations : Park Drives – Circling the entire Park, the drives provide three long distance routes – 6.1 miles, 5.2 miles, or 1.7 miles, or shorter distances if you cross the Park at a number of scenic locations.
The Reservoir : A soft surface on a 2º slope, the Reservoir track is 1.58 miles around and offers some of the best skyline views in the Park and many scenic opportunities. In spring, cherry trees alongside the track are in bloom, and in summer, the evaporating water cools the surrounding air.
Bridle Paths : There are three conjoined soft surface bridle paths to choose from. The Reservoir loop, adjacent to the Reservoir, totals 1.61 miles, the North Meadow loop totals 1.1 miles, and the southern spur totals 1.5 miles.
When : The Park is closed to traffic Monday through Friday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, and from 7:00 pm –10:00 pm, and weekends from 7:00 pm Friday – 6:00 am Monday. When the Park is open to traffic, a runners’ lane is always available, but we do not recommend using the Park drives when they are open to traffic. Runners can run at any time, but the Park is officially closed from 1:00 am – 6:00 am.