Maybe you want to ring in the New Year doing something healthy and fun? Yes, you can do both. At Central Park, the New York Road Runners host a dance party at 10 followed at 11 with a costume parade and contest. The four-mile run begins at midnight, when there will also be fireworks. Party and parade at Central Park band shell, just south of 72nd Street Transverse. Runners line up on the transverse near Bethesda Fountain. Although the run is nonscored, it is a qualifier, and there is a registration fee. For more info, go to For those who prefer Brooklyn, the New Year’s Eve run in Prospect Park—another city wonderland designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux of Central Park fame—is the only night race in the park all year. Packet pickup begins at 10:15 for the family friendly race (walkers welcome), which starts at 11:15. Plus, fireworks at midnight!

Mon., Dec. 31, 10:15 p.m., 2012