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Ditch the Champagne on New Year's Eve for a Midnight Run in Central Park

By Emily Frost | December 20, 2016 2:02pm
 The New York Road Runners are hosting a midnight run in Central Park to kick off 2017.
The New York Road Runners are hosting a midnight run in Central Park to kick off 2017.
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New York Road Runners

CENTRAL PARK — These New Yorkers are racing their way into 2017. 

Runners of all ages are invited to join the annual midnight run in Central Park on New Year's Eve — a 4-mile race put on by the New York Road Runners (NYRR).

Crowds of more than 5,000 runners clad in "glittery running attire" and face paint are expected for the 38th annual race, which kicks off along the 72nd Street transverse, the organization said.

Pre-race festivities begin at 10 p.m., with the Road Runners blasting pump-up music for a dance party, handing out #ResolveToRun race bibs and taking photos. There will also be a ticketed party at Tavern on the Green featuring snacks and an open bar. 

The NYRR will give out sparkling apple cider along the course, and the dance party will continue until 1 a.m. 

Runners are invited to bring one guest each and asked to enter the park at the West 72nd Street and East 72nd Street entrances. The public can view fireworks from inside the park as well, but they will be subject to security checks. 

Race registration info can be found here.