‘5 Boro Pizza Challenge’ is a test of stamina, fortitude and deliciousness

Transportation Alternatives will have its annual “5 Boro Pizza Challenge” on Sept. 28. Photo by  Andreas Riedelmeier via Pixabay .

Transportation Alternatives will have its annual “5 Boro Pizza Challenge” on Sept. 28. Photo by Andreas Riedelmeier via Pixabay.

By Victoria Merlino

One day. Five boroughs. Countless pizzas. 

The “5 Boro Pizza Challenge” is back, asking New Yorkers to get to five different pizzerias across the boroughs without using a car, and eating a slice. Since its inaugural year in 2013, the challenge has attracted hundreds of participants who use subways, ferries, bikes and scooters in their quest for cheesy glory. The challenge will be on Sept. 28.

The advocacy group Transportation Alternatives holds the challenge to fundraise for its mission of promoting public transportation, bikes and walking. 

At the start of race day, participating teams will be given the names of five pizzerias across the borough. Previous picks have included sLICe in Long Island City, the Upper West Side’s Sal & Carmine Pizza and Luigi’s in Park Slope. 

Then, teams will book it to each location, grab a slice, take a picture and move on. The first team to make it to the location of the afterparty wins. 

In the past, teams have relied on a combination of taking subways, bicycles and the Staten Island Ferry to make it to all the locations, according to a statement from Transportation Alternatives. Last year’s winner used the subway and a folding bike. 

To sign up, visit 5boropizzachallenge.org.