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NYCRUNS Subway System Challenge 2021  

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What you didn't think there would be a Subway System Challenge because we're putting on all these cool races? Think again! Subway System Challenge 2021 kicks off on Memorial Day!

We're looking forward to many new NYC adventures this year and SSC 2021 will be diving deep into your favorite neighborhoods and ours. On your journey, you'll receive digital badges tracking your progress, telling you about the neighborhoods on the route, 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. Want to help us plot the journey? Tell us about your neighborhood!

There are three distinct challenges to choose from and you have until September 12 (15 weeks) to complete them.

Passenger: The City Hall Station was the first to open in NYC in 1904. The train doesn't stop there anymore but you can Run or Walk 190.4 Miles on the rails this Summer. (Less than two miles a day)

The first attempt at underground transit in NYC was back in 1869 when Alfred Ely Beach built a pneumatic tube beneath Broadway. It was just 312 feet long but over 400,000 people managed to take a ride during its single year of operation. Run or Walk 312 Miles on the rails, visit every station, and see just about everything to be seen! (Less than three miles a day)

After over a century of expansions and introduction of new stations, there are now 665 mainline track miles in the NYC Subway. Run or Walk those 665 miles on the rails and master the entire system! (Less than 7 miles a day)

If you want to bike part of the distance, that's fine too. Just choose one of the Helter Skelter divisions.

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 youth running in New York City via organizations such as 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.


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.

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, Garmin, and Strava. 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, a great gender specific t-shirt and a  gender specific thin hoodie for those cool Summer nights.

If you want a little extra, you can also sign up as a Transit Enthusiast for $125. 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 mid July. Please make sure the address you provide at registration will be the correct one for shipping throughout the Summer.

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.


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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