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The Best Runs in New York City For Whatever You're Feeling with Rhone Senior Manager of Brand Marketing Brian Levine

Something to be known about the Rhone family is that everyone who is a part of our team has a full life beyond their professional roles. They’re parents (and yes, we’re counting Dog Dads in this case), coaches, artists, athletes, siblings and friends–we could sit here all day and list out all of the incredible things our people are. They’re always in the pursuit of progress in the various facets of their lives and yes, they very much live up to our idea of moving #foreverforward. 

One of those individuals we feel lucky to call our own is Brian Levine, Rhone’s Senior Manager of Brand Marketing. A Manhattan resident for the last decade, Brian has been an avid triathlete over the years and during what he thought may very well have been his final full-length Ironman, he found himself earning a spot to compete in the 2022 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. 

So, when we were thinking about who might have some insight into some of the best running routes in New York City, we didn’t have to think too hard. Whether you’re gearing up for the New York City or Chicago Marathon (or any of the other numerous fall races coming up), you enjoy adding some running to your training or you’re looking to change up your dog-walking route, here are some of the top picks for New York City runs to fit whatever mood you’re in. 

West Side Highway

Good For When You’re In The Mood For 

A flat, waterside, out and back. This one's ideal for your weekly long run, a social cruise with friends, or catching the sunset. 

Best Time To Run

I'd suggest going first thing in the morning, before it gets too crowded, or right around sunset, for some of the best views in the city. 

Highlights 

You can take this path, which runs in tandem with the West Side Highway, all the way from The Battery up to the George Washington Bridge. Watch how the city’s socioeconomic and cultural landscapes change, dodge some tourists on The Little Island off of 14th Street, and see if you can find Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse. 

Central Park Bridle Path, Reservoir, The Mall and West/East Drive (AKA The Highlights Below 96th Street)

Good For When You’re In The Mood For

Some rolling hills, a loop around the world’s most iconic reservoir, and some gravel underfoot. 

Best Time To Run

Any time and any season! You'll get to experience all that Central Park has to offer and marvel at how the city’s crown jewel changes from season to season. 

Highlights 

Enjoy the soft crunch of the gavel-laden bridle path as you make your way towards the 1.6 mile loop around New York City’s reservoir. Veer off and take a swing by The Great Lawn, Belvedere Castle, and Delacorte Theater, where you can score free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park every summer.  

Lower Manhattan

Good For When You’re In The Mood For

Immersing yourself in New York City’s run culture, soaking up views of the Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan skyline. 

Best Time To Run

Early morning! Catching the sunrise over Brooklyn at the southernmost tip of Manhattan is a must-do for any city runner. 

Highlights 

You’ll cruise under the Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn bridges, past South Street Seaport, and through the seemingly hidden gardens of Battery Park City. You'll finish on the West side and marvel at the Oculus building, One World Trade, and the powerful World Trade Center Memorial. 

East River Track

Good For When You’re In The Mood For

Speed, speed, speed. 

Best Time To Run

Go early, and you might be able to catch a workout with one of NYC’s local run crews, like Brooklyn Track Club. 

Highlights 

Nestled between the East River and the Lower East Side is arguably The City’s most popular track. Rip some speedy 400s, hit a max effort 5k, or just cruise around on the track’s soft rubber to give your legs a break from New York’s concrete jungle. 

Two Bridges (Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges)

Good For When You’re In The Mood For

Hills to pay the bills. Period.

Best Time To Run

Head out as early as possible, to avoid the tourists that flock to one of The City’s most iconic landmarks. 

Highlights 

Hills are tough to come by in NYC, so when you’re hankering for some incline, look no further than these two man made slopes. The graffiti clad Manhattan Bridge is stark in contrast to the ever recognizable brick, wood, and cables of the Brooklyn Bridge, and you’ll find yourself wanting to stop and take pictures of some of the best possible views of lower Manhattan as you reach the top.

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