Run Your Best Mile in the Five Boroughs

Run Your Best Mile in the Five Boroughs

September 1 marks the launch of the first-ever NYRR Virtual New Balance 5th Avenue Mile. Compete against runners from around the world using the Strava app and show off your speed!

Looking for the perfect place to run your best mile? If you're completing your virtual race in New York City, we have a few suggestions for you. After digging through NYRR Running Routes and talking to NYRR staff, we've picked out a great one-mile run option in each of the five boroughs. Although you can complete your virtual race anywhere, you might want to consider doing it at one of these locations. 


Brooklyn

Ocean Parkway

 Ocean Parkway is part of  the iconic Popular ©  Brooklyn Half. 

Ocean Parkway is part of  the iconic Popular© Brooklyn Half. 

Brooklyn local and NYRR staffer Rachel Isaac knows where she will be completing her virtual race. "Ocean Parkway is nice and flat, so it's great for getting in speed," she says. "Try to get out early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid foot traffic." 

Ocean Parkway makes up a good chunk of the of Popular© Brooklyn Half, so it's a great opportunity to relive those wonderful race-day memories—or get a taste of the race if you've never done it. The segment is more than five miles, giving you plenty of options to choose from. 


The Bronx 

Macombs Dam Park

 Local runners get a surprise finish line to their workout on Global Running Day.

Local runners get a surprise finish line to their workout on Global Running Day.

In the shadow of Yankee Stadium is Macombs Dam Park and the Joseph Yancey Track. There is no way to hit your top speed like running on a track, and this oval is a favorite of locals for speed workouts and distance runs alike.

Whether you're reliving your days as a high school or college track team runner or just want to sample the benefits of the oval, this is a great opportunity to put in your best one-mile performance at a beautiful location. 


Manhattan

Central Park

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You may have logged many race-day miles in Central Park, but do you know the top spot for a one-mile run over the winding roads through this 840-acre runners' playground? Check out this run from NYRR staffer Ted Doyle's personal collection of running routes. He carefully selected this path for its ability to produce maximum speed. Start on East Drive at East 90th Street (Engineers' Gate) and head north, finishing just shy of Lasker Rink. The route is mostly flat, followed by a long downhill. Check out our interactive version of this map on Strava!


Staten Island

Silver Lake Park 

 Silver Lake Park is particularly beautiful in the autumn with the changing leaves and crisp breezes.

Silver Lake Park is particularly beautiful in the autumn with the changing leaves and crisp breezes.

Roughly a mile and a half from the Staten Island Ferry's St. George Terminal is beautiful Silver Lake Park—a nice warm-up jog. When you reach the park you can kick it into high gear for your virtual race. Push for your place on the Strava leaderboard, but don't neglect to take in the beautiful scenery of the lake and surrounding woods of this tranquil oasis. 

Check out all the most photogenic and noteworthy spots along this run with NYRR Running Routes.


Queens

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

 Flushing Meadows Corona Park is known to runners as being "flat as a pancake."

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is known to runners as being "flat as a pancake."

Home of the NYRR Queens 10K, Flushing Meadows Corona Park has a reputation for being "flat as a pancake," perfect for your one-mile virtual race. To avoid crowds of photo-snapping pedestrians, you'll want to visit the park early in the morning or later in the afternoon. 

Filled with some of the most iconic sights of NYC, home of the 1964-65 World's Fair, and located in the most diverse urban area in the world, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is a great place to get in touch with the global community for the New Balance 5th Avenue Virtual Mile. 


You can check out all our NYRR Running Routes for the most photogenic running spots in the city, and don't forget to share your race photos using #NYRRVirtualRacing and #NB5thAveMile.

The NYRR Virtual New Balance 5th Avenue Mile runs from September 1-9. You can register for free here.

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