Nothing beats the time efficiency of running. Running starts the minute we hit the pavement and only stops when we have arrived back to our doorsteps. Most of us skip even the recommended five minutes stretching, though we vow not to each year as a New Year's resolution. New York City offers many wonderful and varied routes for runners: the four-plus miles of bridle path, 1.57-mile reservoir loop, and the 6.1-mile Central Park loop. There are miles of Greenway lining the East River on the east side of Manhattan and the Hudson on the west. Here we list running groups and direct you to maps, gear, and trainers who can show you the park and an as-yet-unattained peak performance.
New Yorkers divide religiously along East Side/West Side
lines. But occasionally they are known to travel to the Other
Side. If you find yourself in such an unlikely position, you
might take a cross-town bus: they run along 66th/67th Streets,
72nd, 86th, 96th, and 110th. These are, however, some of the
slowest buses in the MTA's roster, famously clocked at an
average of about four miles per hour. So you might also
consider walking, enjoying the park along the way, and
grinning as you pass the bus unloading its charges.