Run: Hudson River Greenway

Run: Hudson River Greenway

Location: Manhattan (West Side Highway & Financial District)

Distance: 3 Miles (11 Miles total)

Entrances: Battery Park (Battery Bikeway and Peter Minuit Plaza) & West Street and W Houston

Nearest Subway Stops: Battery Park Entrance 1, 2 & 3 Trains South Ferry Station, N, R & W Trains Whitehall St Station, West Street and W Houston 1,2 & 3 Trains Houston Station, E Train Spring St Station

Great for: Distance Running & City Sights

City Sights: Freedom Tower, Statue of Liberty, Pier 40, Brookfield Place and Battery Park

My Experience: This week I ventured over to the west side to run along the Hudson River Greenway path. I started at Pier 40 (West Street and W Houston) and followed this path down to Battery Park. The path is 11 miles long total and runs along the west side highway up to Dyckman Street in Harlem. There are various entrance points throughout this path so you can start at any point along the west side. I decided to start at Pier 40 and work my way down to see the beautiful sights located along the financial district. My total run was 3 miles long from where I started until the end of the path in Battery Park. While on this run, I was fortunate enough to come across a beautiful summer sunset over the Hudson River which added to the beautiful city sights surrounding this path. I would recommend going around this time to catch this breathtaking and colorful view.

During my run, I had a very clear view of the Freedom Tower on my left while running past all of the piers on the Hudson River Greenway. As I ran further down the path, I was also presented with a clear view of the Statue of Liberty in the Hudson River. In addition to these captivating sights, I was also filed with inspiration since I was accompanied by so many other runners and bikers. The wide path made my workout more enjoyable to run along side of others runners without feeling crammed. There was also a cool breeze coming off the water making this path even more pleasant.

I would highly recommend this running path for anyone training for an upcoming race. This trail is great for distance runners since the scenery is constantly changing and offering new city sites to capture your attention. Since this surface is mostly flat, I would solely recommend this trail for long distance running not for incline training. I would also recommend charging your phone before this run to take pictures along the way!

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