You might not equate museums with physical activity, but the Museum of the City of New York is taking steps to change that.

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Celebrating the Art of Fitness

As part of their exciting multi-faceted recognition of the city as a great place to get and stay fit, the museum offers an ongoing exhibit on the NYC Marathon (until March), a conversation about running in New York, (Thursday, Jan. 21), a film screening about the originator of the marathon (Saturday, Jan. 23) and a panel discussion about making the city your gym (February 22). They all sound worthwhile, but I have a soft spot for the panel discussion, because Nancercize fan Adena Long, Assistant Commissioner, Public Programs, NYC Parks & Recreation, is one of the presenters. Even more good news: since Nancercize is a co-sponsor, you can use the code RUN3 for discount tickets for this week’s events!

Conversation: Run this City: The Highs and Lows of Running in New York
Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 pm
What makes New York City one of the great running capitals of the world? Are there hidden runners’ gems in this city? To find out, join journalist and author Liz Robbins for a conversation about the New York runner’s soul with Mary Wittenberg, president and chief executive of New York Road Runners for over a decade. Click here and use the code RUN3 for discount tickets!

Film Screening: Run for Your Life
Saturday, January 23 at 3:00 pm
How did the NYC Marathon begin? Join us for a screening of a documentary film chronicling the life of Fred Lebow, a Romanian immigrant to New York. According to the New York Times, “Lebow was a dreamer and a schemer who combined a deep passion for running with a genius for promotion. Without him, marathoning in New York and around the world would never have reached its current mass appeal.” Followed by a conversation with its Emmy Award winning director, Judd Ehrlich and George Hirsch, a founder of the five-borough NYC Marathon in 1976 and Chairman of the Board of the New York Road Runners. Click here and use the code RUN3 for discount tickets!

Exhibition: The New York City Marathon: The Great Race.
Through March 8, 2016
The NYC Marathon is the world’s largest footrace and draws 50,000 participants and over 1 million spectators. This exhibit features over 100 photos of professional and amateur photographers alike, as well as video footage. Feel the thrill without breaking a sweat! For more info click here.

Panel Discussion: Make the City Your Gym
Monday, February 22 at 6:30 pm
Join us for a discussion with fitness writers, physicians, and leaders of the city’s public health initiatives to explore the free and low-cost fitness resources that already exist in the city, and how best to take advantage of them. For more info click here.

Events are co-sponsored by the New York Road Runners, the Crown Heights Running Club, the Galloway NYC Running Club, Harlem Run, Nancercize: The Benchmark in Outdoor Fitness Blog, and the Prospect Park Track Club.

Let’s hope more museums jump on the outdoor fitness bandwagon and promote the “art” of physical activity!

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10029 http://www.mcny.org  212.534.1672  Open Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

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