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Blog February 7, 2019

Sports in the City: OK, Athletes—Get Your Game On!

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The Polar Vortex has made its exit, and this week, we got a little teaser of springtime temperatures. But New Yorkers flex their muscles in sunshine and snowstorms alike. And no matter the season, even visitors who run around sightseeing all day may want to make time for some concentrated cardio.

The classic winter workout is a spin around one of the city’s outdoor ice-skating venues. 

  • The Rink at Rockefeller Center offers general admission and reserved tickets for 90-minute sessions. You can rent skates there or bring your own (but speed skates are prohibited). The rink is open daily from 8:30 a.m. until midnight. 
  • The Rink at Winter Village, located in Bryant Park, is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., but because admission is free, expect crowds and lines unless you arrive early or buy a reserved ticket. 
  • Central Park’s Wollman Rink opens at 10:00 a.m. daily but has more limited hours for public skating: until 2:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays; 10:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; and 9:00 p.m. on Sundays. 
  • And in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, the two Lefrak Center at Lakeside rinks open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. (covered rink) and 7:15 p.m. (uncovered rink, weather permitting).  

Couple skating at Rockefeller Center

credit: Patina Restaurant Group

Figure skater at Rockefeller Center

credit: Patina Restaurant Group

But if just the thought of all that ice makes you want to run indoors, maybe you’d prefer a little beach volleyball. That’s right: beach volleyball in February. It’s not as crazy as it sounds, because this beach is indoors at Chelsea Piers. The facility also offers adult and youth rock climbing walls, Full Swing simulators that give you the virtual experience of playing on 55 golf courses around the world, and a full range of team sports and gym workout options. Just visiting? You can get a Chelsea Piers Fitness day pass for $50.

Group indoor volley ball at Chelsea Piers

credit: Scott McDermott

Indoor Climbing Wall at Chelsea Piers

credit: Scott McDermott

Or maybe you just want to go for a run but would like a little company. Head over to Paragon Sports any Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday for the 6:00 p.m. Run Club. People start gathering at the store about an hour before to socialize in advance of the run, which usually takes 60–90 minutes, and then sometimes return to the store afterward for light refreshments. There are also sometimes corporate sponsored runs like the one scheduled for 6:30 this Tuesday, February 12, when Gore-Tex will offer demo jackets to try during the run along with giveaways during the social event afterward. Email [email protected] if you have questions or want to reserve your spot. 

And speaking of running: applications for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon drawing are open until Thursday, February 14. Submit your name here. The drawing will be held on February 27, and the race will be held on November 3. Another option, if you live outside the U.S. and want to run with a group from your country, is to connect with an international tour operator that is authorized to sell a “Marathon Package.” The organizers advise: “Please be sure to book your Marathon Package only from one of the official International Tour Operators listed on our website.” You can find that list here

Now get out there and burn some calories so you don’t feel guilty about having dessert tonight!

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