3. New York City...

There is no city in the world as vibrant and eclectic as New York, but running on the streets, although not impossible, can be fairly difficult due to the sheer volume of people. So instead, try heading down to Manhattan and Central Park. The park is an oasis right in the heart of the city and covers around 840 acres of woodland, greenery and water. There are jogging maps situated at the various entrances to the park detailing routes and distances.

Some of the better routes are the 6.1 mile upper loop which takes in the northern perimeter to the lower loop (approximately 2.5 miles) and covers the south east side of the park. The 1.5 mile route around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis reservoir is also very scenic and a favourite amongst joggers.

Every November the NYC marathon is held and for the first six years was staged in the park with participants doing a little over 4 complete circuits. This is a true testament to how beautiful the park is. However as popularity grew, the event had to be moved to the streets and nowadays the marathon takes runners through all the five boroughs that make up New York City.

As you can see, city running can be a great way of finding your way around, especially if you are new to a city. Plus, it can also be a great way of taking in the sights and landmarks in a relatively short space of time. From a medical point of view, jogging is also a great way of getting rid of the effects of jet lag.

Even if you are familiar with a city, going for a run can open your mind to different sights, sounds and smells that you might not normally experience. If you’ve avoided city running in the past, then you might want to get on your best socks and runners and give it a try.


As an avid runner, Jacquie is driven to challenge herself and break new boundaries in her workouts. Jacquie loves writing about anything to do with running on her blog – Online Running Gear. Always looking to try to something new, Jacquie researches and writes detailed, informative reviews on products she recommends such as the Review on P90X or the running hydration belt review. When not travelling and finding new cities to run in, Jacquie lives in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia with her husband and daughter which, by the way, is another great place to go for a run.

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