Stephanie and Fred Shuman Running Track

Shuman Running Track

Runners relish this 1.58-mile loop for its views of the 106-acre Reservoir and cityscape. Walkers are also welcome to keep with the counterclockwise flow of traffic – just be aware of hopeful marathoners breezing past.

Though the track first earned popular recognition as a running destination with the 1976 movie Marathon Man, it has come a long way since then. In 1982, it was repaved in stone screenings, providing a softer surface to accommodate the high-impact sport. In recent years it has been regularly regraded and repaired — a true testament to the track’s heavy use and enduring popularity.

The track saw its most significant upgrade in 2003. For years, a seven-foot cyclone fence stood between runners and the water. After scuba divers discovered a piece of the original fence that had fallen into the Reservoir, the Conservancy commissioned a steel replica with cast iron ornamentation. At just four feet high, the new fence rewards visitors with a magnificent panorama.


Mid-Park at 85th-96th Streets

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