Central Park

New York Road Runners Club Midnight New Year’s Eve Race

By Seth Fera-Schanes

I think I just described everything in the title but allow me to expand a bit.  I ran the annual midnight New Year’s Eve race through Central Park this year.

This event is a great way to ring in the new year.  Join a couple thousand runners on a 4 mile race through the park.  The course is well lit and there are hundreds of spectators lining the streets to cheer you on.  The race also has a huge fireworks display that lasted the entire first mile of my run.  The lights overhead and resonating boom of the fireworks really made this an exciting event.

I had been toying with the idea of running this race for the past few years.  I finally decided to sign up and really enjoyed myself.  I would recommend this event for groups of friends or if you are looking for something other than a bar or loft party.

A few notes:

1.  The race entry fee is between $45-$60 dollars, depending on when you sign up so do it sooner rather than later.  I think this is a bit pricey but it is NYC so you just deal with it.  However, I did get a cool shirt, flashing bracelet (and of course was treated to a fireworks display and DJ concert/dance party)

2.  It will be cold.  Like 25 F degrees.  So wear layers with a hat and gloves.  Costumes and fun running gear is encouraged.

3.  Have fun and enjoy the race through beautiful Central Park!

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