Three NYC Running Routes That Celebrate Women Throughout History
On June 9, thousands of women of all ages and abilities and from all walks of life will come together to take on the NYRR New York Mini 10K, an event that celebrates the past, present, and future of women’s running.
As a preview to the original women-only road race, now in its 47th year, we’ve put together three special-edition NYRR Running Routes that will take you past New York City landmarks dedicated to some of the most badass women in history, from French heroine Joan of Arc to Fearless Girl, who represents the potential of young girls everywhere. Use these routes as preparation for your 6.2 miles or as a way to keep the “girl power” going after this year’s Mini.
Route 1: Harriet Tubman to NYRR RUNCENTER
Distance: 5.2 miles
Overview: Start at the Harriet Tubman Memorial (1), located at 122nd Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem. Honor the abolitionist and then make your way from “Harriet Tubman Triangle” to the Upper West Side. At 93rd Street and Riverside Drive, you’ll meet Joan of Arc (2) in the form of a bronze statue of the French heroine on horseback. Continue south to 72nd Street and Riverside Drive to a monument that honors first lady Eleanor Roosevelt (3). End your run at the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub, located at 320 West 57th Street, where you can rehydrate and pick up your race materials for the NYRR New York Mini 10K!
Route 2: NYRR RUNCENTER to Fearless Girl
Distance: 7 miles
Overview: Starting at the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub, where you can stash your gear in a locker while you run, head south to 1411 Broadway (corner of 39th and Broadway). Here, you’ll find a statue of Golda Meir (1), the first female prime minister of Israel. Less than two blocks away, on the southeast side of Bryant Park, is a sculpture of author Gertrude Stein (2). Make your way to the Financial District, where Fearless Girl (3) stands facing the Charging Bull.
Route 3: The Historical Women of NYC
Distance: 12.5 miles
Overview: Combine the two routes above for a 12.5-mile tour that will take your past five landmarks dedicated to honoring women who’ve made history around the globe (1-5) plus one (6) that speaks to the female leaders of tomorrow.