Long Island is a sprawling area of New York, stretching 118 miles from western Queens to Montauk and 37 miles from Long Island Sound to the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of over 8 million, it's no surprise that the island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, multi-purpose trails, state parks, and residential neighborhoods. This guide to running on Long Island will provide you with a representative sample of the best places to explore. If you're looking for a great place to run, you can't go wrong with Jones Beach, Long Beach, or any of the state parks with jogging trails. Our map shows our recommended running spots from west to east.
Additionally, our racing guide for the Hamptons is a great resource for those looking for a more intense running experience. The half-marathon runners follow the same route as those who run at their maximum up until the 10th mile mark, where the half marathon splits and takes the 13.1-mile runners to the Eisenhower Golf Course. From there, they will race along the roadside car trails for a couple of holes before finishing at Park Boulevard in Eisenhower Park. The annual Suffolk County Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K start in Babylon Village and end at Gardiner Park in West Islip. Those running the full half marathon will get to experience one of the most picturesque circuits on Long Island as they cross the Robert Moses Causeway.
The event has grown since its inception in 1998, adding a half marathon, 10K and 5K race, one-mile race and fun race for children. The Jovia Long Island Marathon and Half Marathon is an annual tradition that takes place on the first weekend of May. If you're looking to find your running pace or divisions, RunGuides' running pace calculator can help you determine if you can run faster than dangerous animals. All races at this event offer a weekend of physical activities - on Saturday there's the 5K and one-mile race and Kids Fun Run followed by full and half marathons; on Sunday there's the 10K race.