Happy Birthday, NYRR Open Run

Happy Birthday, NYRR Open Run

This month, NYRR Open Run turns two!

Happy 2nd Anniversary, Open Run! #nyrropenrun #getouttorun

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The program, a series of free weekly runs and walks in neighborhood parks across NYC, launched on June 1, 2015 with one location—St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx—and has since expanded to 13 parks across the five boroughs. 

The community-based initiative relies on leaders from each park’s neighborhood to take ownership of the program, so every location has a group of five to eight committed volunteers that coordinates each week’s run.

Since 2016, 2,390 volunteers have helped facilitate an NYRR Open Run, and Open Run’s finish lines have been crossed 20,000 times.

To celebrate these runners and volunteers—and the dedication they’ve poured into an incredible year two—let’s look back at some highlights from the past 12 months.

  • Sunday, July 3, 2016
    Before cookouts and fireworks, Brooklynites log miles in Marine Park.
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016
    Halloween arrives early in Astoria Park.

#pinoyrunnersnewyork joins #holloween -themed #nyrr #nyrropenrun #or_astoriapark #prny #runforlife #takbopamore

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  • Thursday, November 3, 2016
    Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes makes an appearance in Brooklyn Bridge Park during a special TCS New York City Marathon edition of NYRR Open Run.  
  • Thursday, November 24, 2016
    Inwood Hill Park runners enjoy a Thanksgiving Day 5K. 

Join us tomorrow at 9am in Inwood Hill Park for a Turkey Trot 🦃 at #NYRROpenRun!

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  • Friday, December 18, 2016
    It’s the end of Festive Week and runners are full of holiday cheer. 

#TBT to Festive Week at #NYRROpenRun last week! We love our runners holiday spirit ❄️🎄

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  • Saturday, December 24, 2016
    Runners in Queens sneak in some Christmas Eve miles—in style.
  • Saturday, December 31, 2016
    Back at it with the costumes, the Astoria Park crew ends the year in their coziest attire.
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    Runners commit to more than a 5K!

Congratulations to Lea & Goldie who just got engaged at tonight's #NYRROpenRun at @brooklynbridgepark!

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  • Thursday, April 13, 2017
    NYRR Open Run arrives in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the first of three Open Run launches in spring 2017.
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    Remi Chan completes his 100th NYRR Open Run! The incentive program rewards participants based on participation rather than time. There are incentives for attending your first run, 10th, 25th and 100th run.
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017
    Runners celebrate the launch of NYRR Open Run in Brooklyn’s Highland Park.
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017
    A special Global Running Day edition of NYRR Open Run heats up Brooklyn Bridge Park. St. Mary’s Park, Inwood Hill Park, Astoria Park, and Silver Lake Park host similar events on June 7.

Our special edition #globalrunningday #NYRROpenRun from Brooklyn Bridge Park is underway!

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  • Saturday, June 24, 2017
    Rain let up just in time for the launch of NYRR Open Run in its 13th location, Soundview Park in the Bronx.

Want to be part of this amazing community? Visit openrun.nyrr.org, find a park, and come out for a run! Open Run's for everyone—kids and adults, strollers and dogs, walkers and runners. 

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