NYRR Open Run at Conference House Park

A few weeks ago, I alluded to teaming up with NYRR on a program targeting the local community! I’m excited to share the details today!



Recently, NYRR partnered with NYC Parks and the NYC Parks’ Community Initiative.

The Community Parks Initiative is a multi-faceted investment in the smaller public parks that are located in New York City. The initiative will engage New Yorkers in rebuilding local parks, create new reasons to get out and get fit, and reconnect communities to the green spaces right outside their doorsteps.(Source)

NYRR is helping create new reasons to get out and get fit by spearheading FREE, open runs in parks across the city.

Reps from NYRR reached out to me because Conference House Park was on their short list. It’s a park close to my home where I do a lot of my easy running and take a lot of photos of! I met up with a few of the ladies a couple of weeks ago to scope it out – to ensure it had running routes closed to traffic with access to public bathrooms, water and good parking.

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I’m excited to announce that starting at 9am on Saturday, July 25th – and continuing EVERY Saturday after (rain, snow or shine!) – there will be a FREE 5k run at Conference House Park. And I will be helping kick-off the event at the park!

Here are the details:

  • The 5k is completely FREE
  • 3 loop course (no requirement, however, to run all three)
  • Registration opens at 8:30am; run begins at 9am
  • ALL are encouraged to participate
    • Walkers
    • Strollers
    • Dogs
    • No minimum ages
    • No time cutoff
    • Run/Walk 1, 2 or 3 loops (3 loops = 5k)
  • NYRR will help set the program up but it will continue because of volunteers in the community – so please come out and volunteer if you are able!


There will be no water, t-shirts, medals at the finish – it’s simply a pre-measured 5k course with a start/finish line, clock and the local community.

It’s an amazing way to become more active – individually, as a family or with friends. trails

I plan to take my little guys as often as possible – both for them to run and for them to help volunteer (I will be volunteering frequently). I’ve been looking for shorter races for my older son to run, but I dislike the idea of spending $25+ on a 5k for a 4 year old.

nyrr free run

Please let me know if you have any questions about the program!!

And please help share the word!!


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    2. What a wonderful concept to bring a community together!! Love that it is free + the encouragement of people (and their families) to get out there and move their bodies is great! More cities need programs like this.
      Kudos to NYRR for making this happen. You are going to have so much fun volunteering!!
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