10 Inspiring Running Events Happening In New York City This Year

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5ks, 10ks, half marathons and more! NYC fitness buffs, get ready to let your competitive side loose in 2019.

While the New York City Marathon is by far the most well known of the city’s races, it’s nearly impossible to get a bib. However, for all the fitness lovers, runners and beginners out there, there’s no shortage of other races to partake in throughout the year. We’ve listed out 10 fun running events taking place in 2019 in the City.

1. February 3: Prospect Park Half Marathon
photo: @brooklynbackofthepack via Instagram
photo: @brooklynbackofthepack via Instagram

This 13.1-mile race around Prospect Park is one the more challenging races on this list but is well worth it for seasoned runners. This year, the race is happening on Super Bowl Sunday- what better way to prepare for the evening’s feast than by running a half marathon?

2. February 9: Cupid’s Chase
photo: @cupidschase5k via Instagram
photo: @cupidschase5k via Instagram
Cupid’s Chase 5k takes place every February to raise both funds and awareness for the support of individuals with disabilities.  This race is for everyone, come to walk, jog or race like a pro!
3.  March 23: Prospect Park Pace 5k

This race is a nice loop for those looking for a challenging yet beginner race. This trail starts and finished near the Prospect Park Zoo. The course is fun and offers great views of Prospect Park.

4. March 23: Ladies First 5k and 10k, Shore Road Park, Brooklyn
photo: NYCRUNS via Facebook
photo: NYCRUNS via Facebook

The Ladies First race takes place along a flat and scenic running path that hugs the southern edge of Brooklyn. Of course, men are more than welcome to participate in this race but are not eligible for awards.

5. April 13: Sunrise Marathon, Prospect Park

The Sunrise Marathon takes place over three waves; morning, afternoon and evening. Each wave has an option for 5k, 10k and a half marathon.

6. May 4: The LESS Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon

The LESS Popular Marathon was originally created for those runners who were unable to secure a bib for the Brooklyn Marathon.  You begin with a quick mile out and back before completing three 4-mile loops of the Shore Road Promenade in Bay Ridge. The finish line is at the American Veterans Memorial Pier.

7. July 4: Firecracker 5k and 10k, Governors Island
photo: Active NYC via Facebook
photo: Active NYC via Facebook

The Firecracker race is a rare chance to race along Governors Island. The best part is that the race takes place on the 4th of July and the event features and an after- race party!

8. August 24: Ice Cream Social 5k and 10k, Brooklyn
photo: @julia_the_writer_girl via Instagram
photo: @julia_the_writer_girl via Instagram

Is there any better motivation for running than a nice scoop of ice cream waiting for you at the end of the race?! Some people might say the endorphins, but if we’re being honest, the ice cream is what does it for us.

9. October 5: The Bay Ridge Half Marathon, Bay Ridge
photo: @serenamarierd via Instagram
photo: @serenamarierd via Instagram

The Bay Ridge Marathon is like the little brother to the other Brooklyn Marathon that takes place later in October. The course is relatively flat and like other races, will take you around the scenic Shore Road Promenade in Bay Ridge.

10. December 14: The Holiday Half Marathon, Bay Ridge
photo: Trimara Sports via Instagram
photo: Trimara Sports via Instagram

What better way to end the year than with a holiday inspired race? You won’t feel guilty about all the holiday pounds you’re about to pack on if you continue to train and race through the holiday season!

Featured image: @nycmarathon via Instagram