Autumn is prime running season in New York City—there's a hint of crispness in the air, a touch of color to the trees—and the City takes advantage with a full calendar of fall road races in all five boroughs. Whether you're a grizzled competitor tuning up for November's New York City Marathon or a first-timer just hoping to reach the finish line, signing up for a race guarantees you'll lace up your sneakers and get some miles (or kilometers, if you prefer) in—and even better, that you'll see the City from a different perspective.
To help you get moving, we've assembled a borough-by-borough rundown of the fall's other big races:
Rock 'n' Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon
The inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Brooklyn Half juices up a tour of the borough's grand boulevards (Eastern Parkway and Ocean Parkway) and Prospect Park with local bands along the route and a free beer at the finish line to, ah, hydrate competitors for the postrace concert (in the park, free and open to the public), featuring headliner Nate Ruess of Fun.
Fifth Avenue Mile
The high-profile Fifth Avenue Mile clears some of the most valuable real estate in the world to give Olympic-level competitors and Sunday joggers a shot at sub-four-minute glory.
Grete's Great Gallop
This half-marathon honors Grete Waitz, the beloved nine-time NYC Marathon winner who died of cancer in 2011, and sets up perfectly as a marathon tune-up.
NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K
Marathon Week continues with a 5K jaunt through the streets of Midtown.
NYRR NYC 60K
The fall season in Manhattan closes with an “ultra”: nine loops around Central Park, adding up to a mind-boggling 37.2 miles.
New York Self-Transcendence Sprint Series Flushing Meadows 5K
Wend your way past the Unisphere and other Flushing Meadows Corona Park jewels from world's fairs past.
NYRR Staten Island 5K
This waterfront 5K promises breezes off the bay and million-dollar views of the Manhattan skyline.
The less aerobically inclined can partake in the competition by supporting friends, family and total strangers from the sidelines—without working up a sweat. The marathon is the City's best known race (be sure to check out our viewing guide for tips on watching it), but there's plenty of energy at all of these events—and spectators are always welcome.