Mapping NYC’s Running Routes

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 12, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM UTC
New York, as run by its inhabitants. Photo: Atlantic Cities

Three artists have made a graphical display of running traffic.

There is plenty of mapping software out there available for runners. But a trio of techno artists — Zach Lieberman, Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson — have created something pretty neat: a visualization of the heaviest running routes in the Big Apple.

According to the map, if you are looking to run solo, try Bed-Sty or Alphabet City. These areas are the least covered by runners.

And not surprisingly, the crowds are drawn to the green spaces and the water vistas. This means Central Park is jam packed. So too are the routes along the Hudson and East Rivers.

These artists collected the data for their map from anonymous geo-data provided by runners who were using the Nike + GPS impants in their shoes.

Additionally, the runners like to cross bridges, which provide some additional elevation in training.

The data was collected over a year and from tens of thousands of runners.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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