If you have been looking for an exhilarating experience in a traffic-free environment, then consider walking or running along the Greenbelt’s legendary trail system. More than thirty-five miles of marked, rugged trails of varying ease/difficulty await you. You’ll be joining the legions of local runners, walkers and track team members who have made Greenbelt trails part of their training regiment for decades.
If you are completely new to trail running (and even if you’re not), take a friend with you, ideally a friend who has been on the trails before. Study the Greenbelt trail map and its elevation lines, and review the 5 Things You Need to Know about Trail Running Safety. Start out on the most level trails you can find. A tip for trail-running is to use shorter strides and a quicker step, which improves your ability to react to a hazard such as exposed tree route or uneven terrain. Trail running shoes, which offer greater ankle support and traction, are recommended.
Greenbelt Trail Races
In collaboration with the New York Adventure Racing Association (NYARA) the Greenbelt presents four trails races each year. Join us along to meet and compete with other members of the local running community.
- Fall Flat 5K in November
- Trail Run Festival in December
- Cold Feat 10K Trail Run in February
- High Rock Challenge Adventure Race in April
Trail Running Links:
- New York Adventure Racing Association
- Greenbelt Trail Race Photos
- Staten Island Running Association
- Richmond Rockets
- Staten Island Athletic Club
- Trail Runner
- Local Races
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