For our money, though it's a little out of the way, the best run in the city is in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, which has long been a mecca for cross-country runners and high-level competitors. There's a flat 1.37-mile loop around the Parade Grounds, and a hilly 1.3-mile loop in the woodsy northwestern part of the park. High schools use a 2.5-mile course for competitions there, while colleges have a 5-mile loop. With any luck, you'll find yourself being passed by a top marathoner or collegiate champion. vcpark.org

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