RUN WITH IT! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned ultra runner, NYC’s got a race or two for you to go the distance with. There is plenty to choose from with courses ranging from 5K to 50K. So get ready to run with it and take on one of NYC’s 5 best December races.
Here’s your chance to participate in a race like no other—a virtual ugly sweater run. You get to decide when and where you complete your 3.1 miles, as long as you do it in the month of December. You’re responsible for reporting your time (Honor’s System rules apply, guys) and when completed you’ll receive a medal in the mail! All proceeds go to benefit the charity Feed My Starving Children, so rest assured you’re running for more than just a medal!
Running Festival of Lights 5K and Half
December 6, 8 AM
Shore Road Park Pier
Get your Chanukkah on by running the Gelt 5K or the Chanukkah Chalf to celebrate everyone’s favorite annual Festival of Lights. Both courses are on flat ground and run along the southern edge of Brooklyn featuring a stretch beneath the Verrazano Bridge and seeing the Manhattan skyline from a whole new perspective.
Frozen Bonsai Half Marathon
December 13, 9 AM
Before winter officially arrives, this chilly half will take you on a tour of Central Park, beginning on East Drive at 100th Street and eventually finishing on the 102nd Street transverse. Your registration fee includes a long sleeve tee to help keep you warm after the run.
Rockaway Santa Shuffle 5K
December 19, 11 AM
Beach 95th Street & Boardwalk
Put on your best Santa suit and run your way through Rockaway Beach with hundreds of other Santa’s for one of the most festive runs you’ll ever do in your life. Ho, ho, go!
4 Mile Midnight Run
December 31, 11:59 PM
Spend your last minute of the year running into 2016 as you take on a four-mile course in Central Park. While running, you’ll get to see a 15-minute firework show that will make you forget you’re even running! Start your 2016 off with a bang!