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The Central Park Loop

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6.06 mi
392 ft
“The” classic run in New York City is unequivocally the Central Park Loop. Any day of the week, any time of day, you will find hordes of runners circling the park. Central Park has amazing scenery, a variety of hilly and flat terrain, easy access to restrooms, water and public transportation, iconic landmarks, and plenty of other runners for motivation. The park is especially beloved by runners as it is home to many of the NYRR races including the finish of the NYC Marathon. The standard Central Park Loop is 6.1 miles but there are a few ways to shorten the loop if you like. If you are running the full loop be sure to leave some gas in the tank to get you up the famous “Harlem Hill”, the rollers on the west side of the reservoir, and “Cat Hill” with its cougar statue taunting you from a rocky perch. The streets are closed to vehicles on the weekends and Monday through Friday from 10AM – 3PM and 7PM – 10PM. At all other times you’ll want to stay in the designated lane for pedestrians. And always be sure to go with the flow of traffic and run counter-clockwise.
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Strava Athlete

Route and Elevation


NameDistanceElev. Diff.Avg. Grade
Columbus circle start 9.8km CP loop6.11 mi105 ft0.0%
C Circle Full Lap6.03 mi-105 ft-0.0%
Horse Carriage Hill0.51 mi30 ft1.1%
Central Park Loop5.50 mi-95 ft-0.0%
Cat Hill Mile1.01 mi62 ft0.4%
counter-clock central park horse shoe5.34 mi-105 ft-0.0%
CP East Drive Terrace to 86th0.72 mi62 ft1.0%
CP east btw cross1.72 mi69 ft0.2%
CP 72nd to 79th Climb0.37 mi52 ft1.4%
Central Park Cat Hill0.28 mi52 ft3.5%
Central Park Cats Paw Hill0.23 mi52 ft3.7%
6k North CP3.91 mi-92 ft-0.2%
Final Quarter0.28 mi13 ft0.7%
eastSideofReservoir0.65 mi-20 ft-0.2%
Final straight to Engineer's Gate 0.17 mi13 ft1.3%
Harlem Meer Mile1.02 mi-52 ft-0.8%
Zero Loss North Hill CP1.12 mi-75 ft-0.1%
Harlem hill 0.49 mi92 ft3.5%
Central Park - North Hill0.48 mi85 ft2.6%
Harlem Hill Repeats0.26 mi69 ft4.8%
The Triplets0.93 mi59 ft1.1%
th Street Transverse Climb0.19 mi164 ft15.9%
westSideOfReservoir0.57 mi23 ft0.7%
Denise Hill0.25 mi30 ft2.1%
CP West Dr South Bound From Summit Rock0.30 mi-39 ft-2.5%