Running is one of the best workouts your body can get, and there are so many races and marathons that you are given the opportunity to compete in, whether it’s for fun or for competition.

For most races and competitions, training is necessary, and that is why Downtown Magazine put together a list of future races in New York City that you can sign up for and begin prepping for.

Here is what we came up with. Best of luck – and don’t forget, have fun!

NYCRUNS Labor Day 5K & 10K

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Join NYCRUNS to mark the unofficial end of summer as they conclude the season in style at the Labor Day 5K & 10K on Roosevelt Island! It’s a great way to kick off the Fall 2017 Run/Marathon season. Let’s take advantage of the long weekend and sign up for a fun and active Labor Day event here.

Where: Firefighters Field (Roosevelt Island), 405 Main St, New York, NY  10044
When: Monday, September 4, 2017, 5k begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 10k begins at 9:30 a.m.

Blacklight Run – NYC

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The Blacklight Run is none other than the brightest, most fun 5K out there. It is also the target nighttime 5k in the country. This run is simply there for a fun way to exercise and they promise that these three miles will be the best three miles you’ve ever spent with your friends and family, whether you walk, jog or sprint. The fun is contagious — so sign up for this neon sky tour here.

Where: Aviator Sports and Events Center, 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017, starts at 7:30 p.m.

New York City Pizza Run

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The 8th Annual NYC Pizza Run is this fall. The Pizza Run is a challenge in which participants aim to complete a 5K run while stopping to eat two slices of pizza at checkpoints throughout the course. A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Register here. I mean, is there any better motivation than pizza and giving back? The answer is no.

Where: Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park, 85 S. Oxford St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
When: Sunday, September 17, 2017, begins at 11:00 a.m.

NYCRUNS Haunted Island 5K & 10K

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Roosevelt Island has been overrun by all manner of scary things, so this year join the madness for the Halloween 5K & 10K with an after party and a Halloween themed post-race spread. Goblins and ghouls of all ages are welcome! Roosevelt Island is fast, flat, and has one-of-a-kind views of Manhattan, Queens, and more. You’re in for a treat! Sign up to join the fun here.

Where: Firefighters Field (Roosevelt Island), 405 Main St, New York, NY 10044
When: Sunday, October 29, 2017, 5k begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 10k begins at 9:30 a.m.

2017 TCS New York City Marathon

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The TCS New York City Marathon course runs through all five of New York City’s boroughs: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan’s iconic Central Park to make an approximately 26.2-mile marathon. It is hosted by New York Road Runners (NYRR) and TCS New York City Marathon. The New York City Marathon has grown from a Central Park race with 55 finishers to the world’s biggest and most popular marathon, with nearly 50,000 finishers in 2015.

Where: Begins at Fort Wadsworth, 15978 Bay St, Staten Island, New York 10305
When: Sunday, November 5, 2017, starting at 9:50 a.m.

If you haven’t gotten a spot in this year’s marathon, don’t worry — the marathon comes around every year, and you can never start training too early. Need advice on how to train for a marathon? Click here.

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