Distance: 4.5 Miles
Tour Duration: approximately 90 minutes
Run Tour Summary:
It’s been called the heartland of New York City, an urban Eden. Local runners call it their home-base for marathon training and weekly races organized by the New York Road Runners. Central Park is a man-made urban park that was designed and constructed from 1858 to 1873 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. It is the most popular urban park in the United States with over 25 million visitors each year to enjoy its running paths, expansive open fields, ponds, lakes, rolling hills, rambling woods, the zoo, restaurants, Shakespeare in the Park, and much more.
It’s no wonder why the Central Park run tour is one of our most popular, as you are immediately transported from a hectic, crowded city to a beautiful, green, bucolic oasis. You’ll run alongside local runners on paths and drives that will take you pass an endless amount of amazing sites. This running tour will leave you feeling invigorated and wanting to explore even more of what Central Park has to offer.
NOTE: This is not a race. No T-Shirts or medals are included in your registration.
Event details and schedule
Some of what you'll see
The Great Lawn.
Central Park Zoo
The course covers a distance of approximately 4.5 miles and it takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. We'll run on a combination of city sidewalks and running paths. We stop periodically to discuss notable historic and contemporary sights.
What to expect
This is a group running tour that will be led by a licensed NYC sightseeing guide who is also a certified running coach. Expect a small group that can range from 2 runners up to 12, so that no one is left behind and all can hear the guide. We will run at an easy, conversation pace, we'll make periodically stops to view and discuss notable points of interest throughout the tour. You should be able to comfortably run 5 miles for this tour. The duration of the tour is approximately 90 minutes. We recommend bringing very little on the tour. As always, it's important to stay hydrated during a run, so please bring a small bottle of water.
We will begin our tour right at the scheduled start time, so please arrive at meeting spot 10 minutes prior to departure. If you are running late please be sure to email or phone us no later than 15 minutes prior to the start. Travel to and from our tours is usually fastest via subway, so please bring a MetroCard.
We'll meet in front of the USS Maine Monument at the southwest entrance of Central Park. Your guide will be wearing a branded On Course Run Tours t-shirt or jacket.