Three NYC Running Routes That Celebrate Women Throughout History

Three NYC Running Routes That Celebrate Women Throughout History

The City of New York has launched an initiative called She Built NYC! Its mission: to create a public art collection that more fully represents the diverse history of New York City, with a focus on commemorations of visionary and inspiring women. 

Through August 1, 2018, She Built NYC! invites New York City residents to submit nominations for women or events in women’s history that should be considered for future public commemorations. New York Road Runners has nominated nine-time New York City Marathon champion Grete Waitz, founding chairwoman of the NYRR Foundation.

If Grete is chosen for a public statue, she'd join the handful of NYC statues dedicated to some of most badass women in history, from French heroine Joan of Arc to Fearless Girl, who represents the potential of young girls everywhere.

To pay tribute to these women, we've put together three special-edition NYRR Running Routes. Use them to explore Manhattan on foot or add a dose of “girl power” to your next training run.

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.


Check out NYRR Running Routes for 12 more tours that will help you explore the five boroughs on foot.

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