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NYCRUNS Subway System Challenge - The Next Train  

New York City


Bigger and better than the first Subway System Challenge, Subway System Challenge II will take you all over NYC, everywhere the subway goes, and even a few places it doesn't...

The Challenge starts November 23rd! On your journey, you'll receive digital badges tracking your progress, illuminating landmarks*, and noting when you perform a particularly impressive feat relative to your overall goal. Of course we'll have  a digital bib and finisher certificate for you as well.

This time around there are three distinct challenges to choose from and you have up to 17 weeks to complete them.

Passenger: Run or Walk ~152 Miles on the rails and see the best of NYC! (Less than 1.5 miles a day)
Conductor: Run or Walk ~308 Miles on the rails, visit every station, and see just about everything to be seen! (Less than 3 Miles a day)
Operator: Run or Walk  over 650 miles on the rails and master the entire system, including the regional railroads! (Less than six miles a day)

If you want to bike part of the distance, that's fine too. Just choose one of the Helter Skelter divisions. Please note,  helter skelter divisions are not eligible for team challenges.

This challenge should provide you an excellent test of fitness and an opportunity to plan and push your training a bit as well, no matter how many miles you run weekly or which challenge you choose.

100% of donations and a portion of the proceeds will go towards supporting Run4Fun.  Run4Fun is a Brooklyn based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the wellness and development of youth mentally, physically, educationally, and socially through running and a healthy lifestyle.

*NYCRUNS reserves the right to choose landmarks you may never have heard of in addition to some of the traditional ones. You want to know where we get those great bagels, right?


Most importantly, have fun.

You can run anywhere you want, including a treadmill, but please do not run on subway tracks or in subway stations. Just be safe, there is enough going on right now.

You can track your miles any way you want and with any device you want.

You will be submitting your miles through  our new Run This One results system which is accessible to registered runners via their dashboard . You can automatically sync via MapMyRun, and we are working to add Strava, Garmin, and Apple before SSC II begins  You can also keep track of your miles without a device and add them manually of course.

It’s all on the honor system. We trust you.


There are four tiers of pricing for the NYCRUNS Subway System Challenge.

Most runners will probably want to select the Token Collector tier. For $65, you will receive, a fantastic medal based on the classic NYC subway design, a great gender specific long sleeve techie perfect for cool fall running, and a really amazing high quality running gator, perfect for cooler temperatures.  The gator is really really nice, compared to cheaper offerings.

If you want a little extra, you can also sign up as a Transit Enthusiast for $100. You'll still receive everything in the Token Collector package, however, we're not ready to say quite the extra is you'll get. You're going to have to settle for a nice surprise.

Just want a cool ass medal? Sign up as a Straphanger for $45.00.

Finally, if you don't want anything at all, you can participate in the challenge at the Turnstile Jumper level at just $30. We  won't send you a thing other than email, lots of email. 

There is no fee for domestic shipping. International shipping will cost an additional $40.00.

We'll be shipping on an ongoing basis beginning in December.

NYCRUNS members receive a 10% discount, race deferral rights, and other perks.  Due to the charity component, we are unable to allow race credit for this event.


NYCRUNS has selected Run4Fun as our cause partner for Subway System Challenge II. Run4Fun is  a Brooklyn based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the wellness and development of youth mentally, physically, educationally, and socially through running and a healthy lifestyle.

100% of donations and a portion of the proceeds will go towards supporting an existing Run4Fun program serving underprivileged youth at PS 398 in Crown Heights and creating a new program for developmentally disabled children that will likely be based in Prospect Park.


Please follow these practices for running safely during the ongoing crisis and for how to wear a mask while running.


The standard no-refunds, no-deferrals, no-transfers policy applies, unless you are signed up for the NYCRUNS Membership Program.

As per the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, any adult interacting with amateur athletes, defined as a child or minor under the age of 18 that participates in youth running programs or any events hosted or operated by NYCRUNS, has a duty to report a reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct such as child sex abuse, non-consensual sexual conduct, sexual harassment or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power within a 24- hour period to local law enforcement by calling the New York State Central Register at 800-635-1522. Participants found to be listed on a sex offender registry, convicted of a sex crime, or caught having, creating, or distributing child pornography will be immediately barred from all NYCRUNS events.

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