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5 Best Spring 2016 Races In New York City

TCS New York City Marathon
The elite women's runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 1, 2015. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Spring is officially here, and it's the best time for outdoor activities such as cycling, sightseeing and running. Races are a great way to kick off the spring and at the same time support a few New York City causes and organizations. Here are a few of our top picks if you're looking to participate!

Public Prep Memorial Day 5K & 10K 

Roosevelt Island Lighthouse
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Roosevelt Island, New York, NY

Date: May 30, 2016 at 8 a.m. (5K) and 9 a.m. (10K)

If you've never participated in a race --or visited Roosevelt Island -- you're in for a treat. Public Prep along with NYC Runs will host a 5K and 10K Memorial Day run. The run will support Public Prep's cause to provide educational resources and support for students in pre-k to 8th grade. Public Prep's also have a unique partnership with NY's 529 College Savings Program, which educates students' families about the importance of college savings. This run will award cash prizes to the top three male and female runners. Check out a map of the 5K and 10K here.

Brooklyn Bridge Memorial Run 

Brooklyn Bridge
A woman walks across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York on October 9, 2015. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

111 Worth St.
New York, NY 10013

Date: May 29, 2016, at 10 a.m.

If you're ever in Camden Park Plaza, you've probably noticed or passed by the memorial dedicated to those lost their lives during the World War II. The Brooklyn Bridge Memorial Run is inspired by the memorial's dedication to remembrance, and gives an opportunity for you and your friends to take part in what is expected to be an unforgettable run. You'll start at Foley Square, run through Downtown Brooklyn past Borough Hall and Columbus Park and finish at the Brooklyn War Memorial. Whether you finish the run in ten minutes or an hour, this is a race is 100 percent family-friendly and all about self-expression!

Related: 5 Best Workouts For Spring 2016

Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run 

Gay Pride / LGBT pride
FILE -- Someone holds a rainbow flag at the 2014 Pride Parade in New York City. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Central Park

Date: June 25, 2016, at 8:30 a.m.

More than 5,000 runners and thousands of fans will attend this run for the 35th season. Join NYRR and Front Runners New York for a competitive 5-mile race for LGBT runners, multi-athletes and their allies. This year, a portion of the proceeds benefits GLSEN, INC- the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. To sign up for the race, to get motivation leading up to the event and more visit

We Run For Hope 5K 

Astoria Park
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Astoria Park
19th St.
Astoria, NY 11105

Date: Sunday, June 5, 2016, at 9 a.m. (Rain or shine)

Join the "We Run For Hope" effort in honor of National Cancer Survivors Day, which is honored on June 5. This is a timed race and all registered participants will receive a goodie bag and race bib. All participants can raise funds for SHARE (Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer) and/or other cancer charities. Those who don't want to participate in the race can still take part in the effort through fundraising for the event.

Global Running Day 

TCS New York City Marathon
Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 1, 2015. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

All Five Boroughs

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Take part of a spring race that is sure to be trending Worldwide. Global Running Day is on June 1 and will take place in all five boroughs. The event is in benefit of Million Kid Run, an initiative aimed to inspire young people to get active. To participate, pledge here and get ready to run on June 1!

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