Many runners, when asked, will tell you that they marathon for something more than just a workout. They do it to achieve some higher goal, as a testament to the power of the human will — or, in this case, for pizza. We’ve got to love how the fifth annual NYC Pizza Run continues to combine our two favorite but diametrically opposite forms of competition: athletic and eating. Today, those with the guts can embark on this two-mile run around Tompkins Square, pausing at three checkpoints along the way to pound down a slice from local joint Pizza by Certé (it’s a race, after all — nibblers don’t stand a chance). Pizza-themed costumes are about as common as pizza-themed heartburn, which is to say, very. Proceeds from the run (somewhat paradoxically) support juvenile diabetes research. Aside from the satisfaction of backing a good cause, participants also get a goodie back with a T-shirt, prizes, and a free drink at the after-party — and, oh yeah, pizza!

Sat., Sept. 13, 11 a.m., 2014