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Join in NYC Sports

by Jonathan Zeller, 09/21/2011

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  • New York Road Runners  

    9 E. 89th St., 212-860-4455, Upper East Side
    New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory
    216 Fort Washington Ave., 212-923-1803, Washington Heights
    New York City is home to the ultimate participatory sporting event, the ING New York City Marathon, where worlds collide as amateur runners compete alongside professionals. Thanks to New York Road Runners, many other road races take place year-round in all five boroughs. With distances ranging from under 2 miles to the 26.2-mile marathon itself, these runs are a fantastic way to keep in shape, compete and meet new people. Events like the New Year's Eve Emerald Nuts Midnight Run, not to mention a full lineup of classes such as deep-water running and yoga for runners, mix up the pace and keep people off the sidelines and on the road. Many runners are content to build their speed and endurance in New York City's picturesque parks and on its peaceful trails, but if you'd like to train indoors, you may want to consider the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory, which boasts one of the nation's fastest indoor tracks. To train at the 60,000-square-foot Washington Heights facility, you must purchase a full-season membership—but for many serious runners, the commitment is worthwhile.

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