Winter is coming runners, but you don't have to hibernate to survive it! We've put together a list of the best winter running and fitness events so that in between shopping for friends and family (more gift ideas here) you can take advantage of the coolest season in NYC.
Fancy running a half marathon this weekend? NYCRUNS has got you covered. Located in Central Park, it's easy to get to and full of challenging rolling hills. Believe us, you will deserve your hot chocolate after this one.
We're super excited to test out our new track spikes on the banked track and get back up to speed after marathon season. Meet 1 events will include the 1 mile, 800m open, 5000m relay. Meet 2 events will include the 1000m, 600m, and 3000m, and Meet 3 events are the 800m open and 5000m. We hope to see you there!
Come out to Roosevelt Island for a fun 5K or 10K that's hot chocolate-centric! Awesome views of Manhattan and Queens, plus a really great thing to do inbetween your holiday parties.
Another awesome indoor track night at the Armory, this meet will have full sprint and field events menu to choose from. Sprint events will include 60m hurdles, 60m open, and 400m open. Field events, for those of you with hand-eye coordination, will be weight throw, and shot put, and pole vault, long jump, triple jump, and high jump will also be going on for those of you blessed with springy legs and no fear of heights.
Midnight Run, Saturday, December 31st
Crowded New Years Eve parties with drunk people not your thing? Usher in 2017 in the most athletic way imaginable, by running a 4-miler through Central Park with 3000 of your favorite strangers. Jk, bring your running people for this one. We were told there will be glow sticks...and fireworks.
What better way to kick-off your 2017 racing season than with a half marathon?! Will it be cold? Yes. Might it get snowed out? Yes. However, you'll still get 9+1 cred if you're signed up and snowpocalypse happens again. Plus the medal is Fred Lebow's bearded face.
We interrupt your normal OA Play List events to bring you your special winter edition, featuring ice skating! Ice skating is fun, it's awesome cross-training (you'll burn calories just trying to stay warm!), and it's very Instagrammable. If the ice is your vice, check out the rink breakdown by borough below.
Ice Skating in Bryant Park, 8:00am-10:00pm now through March 5th, 2017, with Exerskate classes Thursdays at 8:00am
Visit the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park for ice skating and the best hot chocolate ever. You can call to book individual or group ice skating lessons too! Skating is FREE and skate rentals are only $20. Exerskate (speed skating circuit workout!!) is also free, but definitely register on Eventbrite beforehand.
Wollman Rink in Central Park, open Mondays & Tuesdays 10:00am-2:30pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays 10:00am-10:00pm, Fridays & Saturdays 10:00am-11:00pm, Sundays 10:00am-9:00pm
Another great place to cross-train, and crosstraining = injury prevention. Prices vary by day of the week, youth, and senior tickets, but still a super fun and inexpensive way to stay fit this winter. Contact the rink directly for ice skating lessons.
LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park, generally open Mondays-Thursdays 10:00am-6:30pm, Fridays 10:00am-9:00pm, Saturdays & Sundays 11:00am-9:00pm
Double-check the website for special extended holiday hours. If you don't have ice skates, this works out to be the cheapest option that we found, as admission is $6-9 depending on the day and skate rentals are only $6. You can also get a season pass for this rink.
Abe Stark Rink in Coney Island, open Saturdays and Sundays 1:00pm-3:30pm
Another great place to get group or private ice skating lessons. Plus it's ideally located to go warm up at the banya after.
World Ice Arena in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, open Mondays-Thursdays 9:00am-5:15pm, Fridays 9:00am-5:15pm & 7:00pm-9:50pm, Saturdays 12:00pm-4:45pm & 8:00pm-9:50pm, Sundays 12:00pm-4:45pm
This is definitely the best choice if you live in Queens and has the most options for figure skating, ice dancing, and hockey lessons.
WWII Veterans War Memorial Ice Skating Rink, open Fridays 4:00pm-11:00pm, Saturdays 12:00pm-4:30pm & 7:00 pm-11:00pm, and Sundays 12:00pm-8:00pm
$10 for admission and $5 for skate rental.
OTHER OUTDOORSY WINTER EVENTS
Remember, these aren't the only things you can do in winter to ensure a PR come spring, but winter is the only time you can take advantage of the Snow Bus!
NYC Snow Bus, various locations and times through April 2017
Do you love skiing? Snowboarding? Beer? The outdoors? Brought to you by the same people behind the NYC Beach Bus (yes, the one that gives you free beer on the bus), the Snow Bus is your new winter best friend. With pickup locations in Astoria, Downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Union Square, the Upper West Side, it's a super easy way to get out of the city and hit the slopes this winter. Check the schedule and the calendar to find your best trip fit. No ski or snowboarding gear? They've got you covered with great inexpensive rental gear.
We found a FREE yoga class in winter! Yes. Up to $10 donation suggested, but not required. At TechSpace 41 E. 11th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY. Check out StartUpYoga's site for other free classes starting soon.
What's your favorite way to stay fit in winter? Want us to add your fitness event to our Play List? Ping us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know!