People will be running to get pizza slices this Sunday in New York. They will actually be running. Like 5K’s worth of running. This Sunday, Sept. 19th marks the return of the NYC Pizza Run.

Basically, it is a challenge in which runners (joggers, walkers, etc.) work to complete a 5K run. Along the way, they stop to eat two slices of pizza at checkpoints throughout the course. The NYC Pizza Run will take place in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park.

Besides the exercise and the pizza, there is another incentive to join the event. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

The registration fee gets participants the following: 

  • an official NYC Pizza Run t-shirt, 
  • a race bib, 
  • two slices of pizza for runners during the race, 
  • a pizza gift bag for after the race, 
  • a free drink at the NYC Pizza Run afterparty.

Looking for New Start

Promoters are calling this the 11th annual NYC Pizza Run, even though there was no 2020 race because of COVID concerns.

But the promoters think it is safe to try this year.

 “After much consideration, we’ve determined that we’ll be able to safely bring back the NYC Pizza Run with a number of precautions in place,” founder Jason Feirman was quoted as saying.

 “As always, the event will be held completely outdoors. We’ll also be reducing capacity this year and requiring vaccinations,” he added.

It is fitting that this race takes place in New York City. This is where one of the first — if not the first — pizzerias opened up. 

According to the History Channel website one of the first documented United States pizzerias was G. (for Gennaro) Lombardi’s. It was on Spring Street in Manhattan.

NYC Pizza Run Not Alone

This event is not unique to New York City. A quick internet search for “Pizza Run” returns similar events across the USA. There are even videos for pizza runs in Indianapolis and San Diego. 

But pizza isn’t just popular in America. All over the world pizza has its fans with native choices for toppings. And they also have pizza runs.

All have the same three things in common: pizza, running, and a charity benefiting from proceeds.

For example, there is the Australia Pizza Run. This one is interesting because entry is open to anyone. It offers three varying distances, 5K, 10K, and a 2k ‘Family Dash’ to choose from. 

Events take place in more than one city:

  • Oct. 16 Brisbane
  • Nov 21 Sydney
  • Dec 4 Melbourne
  • Dec 12 Adelaide

The ticket includes entry, a race number, a custom-designed 2021 Pizza slice run medal & of course pizza at the finish line. 

Now I realize some people will say mixing healthy exercise and stuffing pizza down your throat will create an uneven equation. What provides balance is that the runs raise money for worthy causes. 

For more information about the NYC Pizza Run, visit

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