Here’s a different way to ring in the new year. The New Year’s Eve Midnight Run is a four mile run which will begin at Rumsey Playground in Central Park. At 12am on January 1st! The annual event is brought to us by New York Road Runners. This is for the super-motivated.
At 10pm on the 31st, there will be music and dancing as a pre-race festival.
There will also be a spectacular fireworks display!
The New Year’s Eve Midnight Run
Mile 1: Start on the 72nd Street Transverse near Bethesda Terrace and head east. Turn left (north) at East Drive and run north, ascending Cat Hill.
Mile 2: Continue north and and pass Engineers’ Gate (East 90th Street). Turn left onto the 102nd Street Transverse.
Mile 3: Turn left onto West Drive and run south through a series of three rolling hills as you pass the Reservoir on your left.
Mile 4: Enjoy a downhill, then a flat section. Turn left onto the 72nd Street Transverse and finish just west of Bethesda Terrace.
There will also be a post-race festival (details are not yet available but should be released soon).
Also, um, if you’ve been suspended for doping by a government body, you can’t run.
If you’re interested in partaking in the New Year’s Eve Midnight Run, check out their official website.
New York Road Runners serves nearly 600,000 runners of all ages and abilities annually. They create hundreds of races, walks and training sessions. There are 267,000 youths participating in free fitness programs and events nationally and throughout the boroughs. They have been around for 59 years now, and are doing a great job in promoting running for a healthy lifestyle.