NYCRUNS Central Park Half Marathon

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Head out on a wintry tour of the iconic Central Park in this stunning half marathon. Your fitness will be put to the test by the rolling hills, and you'll be rewarded with a giant spread of local foods when you triumphantly cross the finish line.
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Half Marathon
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Sun, Feb 23, 2020
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New York, United States
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4.4
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Where and when
Location
Central Park, New York, NY, USA
Start times
Sun, Feb 23, 2020
Half Marathon:
9:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for NYCRUNS Central Park Half Marathon
Half Marathon
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13.1mi
$75.00 - $90.00
Route information
Starting on the West Drive near 96th Street, participants complete 2 and a half laps of the park. The loop crosses 72nd Street, climbs Harlem Hill, and returns on the 102nd Street transverse.
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What's included
  • Water and Gatorade stations
  • Long-sleeve race t-shirt
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Post-race spread: local bagels, fresh fruit
  • Finish-line photos and videos
  • Race timing
  • Finishing satisfaction
Awards:
  • Half Marathon:
  • 1st/2nd/3rd Male and Female overall
  • 1st/2nd/3rd Age group: 19 and under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+
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How to get there
Central Park, New York, NY, USA
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Location: Central Park, 102nd Street Crossing, New York
There is limited parking available, so it is advised that you take public transport. Take either the C train to 102nd St or the 6 train to 103rd St, and enter Central Park from there. The Race HQ is at the center of the 102nd St transverse by the finish line.
Event day logistics
You are advised to collect your race packet before raceday in order to avoid queues. When you register, there is an option to get your race bib mailed to you.
Friday 21st February:
  • 12:00 - Race packet pick-up opens at Paragon Sports, 867 Broadway.
  • 18:00 - Race packet pick-up closes
Sunday 23rd February:
  • 07:00 - Race packet pick-up opens in the festival area, approximately 0.25 miles from the start line
  • 08:30 - Race packet pick-up closes
  • 09:00 - Half Marathon Starts
  • 12:30 - Cut-off for Half Marathon (3hr30mins)
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There are now over 24 running events organised by NYC runs, with thousands of participants. The biggest events in their calendar are the Brooklyn Marathon & Half Marathon and the Newport Half Marathon. With professional timing, accurately-measured courses, and a world-class medical team, these events are brilliantly organised. The post-race festivals guarantee that athletes will have the best possible experience.
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What to bring
Given that it's winter, please dress accordingly and stay warm. Running gloves or a hat might be a good idea.
FAQ's
What are the age restrictions?
Half Marathon: Participants must be aged 16 or over
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Is there a cut-off time?
Half Marathon: within 3hr30mins (16 mins per mile) If you are slower than this pace, there will no longer be aid stations and on-course amenities provided, and you may be asked to stop.
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Where can I leave my bags?
There will be a bag check area provided near the start line.
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Are there toilets?
Yes, there will be toilets provided.
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Where can I find my results?
Your results will be emailed to you, and the full results will be posted on the event organiser's website. You will also be able to view your finishing line photos and videos.
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Are dogs or strollers allowed?
No, dogs and strollers are not permitted on the course.
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Can I wear headphones?
It is not permitted to wear headphones during the race. If you desperately want to listen to music, you are allowed to wear one earbud in. If you are seen wearing both earbuds or headphones, you may be disqualified.
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Can I sign-up on the day?
If the event has not already sold out, tickets can be bought at an added cost of $15.
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Half Marathon: Participants must be aged 16 or overIs there a cut-off time?
Half Marathon: within 3hr30mins (16 mins per mile)If you are slower than this pace, there will no longer be aid stations and on-course amenities provided, and you may be asked to stop.
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Where can I leave my bags?
There will be a bag check area provided near the start line.
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Are there toilets?
Yes, there will be toilets provided.
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Where can I find my results?
Your results will be emailed to you, and the full results will be posted on the event organiser's website. You will also be able to view your finishing line photos and videos.
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Are dogs or strollers allowed?
No, dogs and strollers are not permitted on the course.
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Can I wear headphones?
It is not permitted to wear headphones during the race. If you desperately want to listen to music, you are allowed to wear one earbud in. If you are seen wearing both earbuds or headphones, you may be disqualified.
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Reviews
4.4
13 reviews
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4.3
Did the race in 2018
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2.3
Did the race in 2018
If it rains the bag check is in the open rain was not known. At the least someone could have got plastic trash bags imho. Because of the rain some people were crowding in behind sections of the tents. Some volunteers were good but some were not courteous. Some of the Volunteers could have been trained to be nicer.
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5.0
Did the race in 2018
All the organisation were perfect : where the race started, restrooms, etc. Just two things were, in my opinion, missing on this race :1/ the location - provided before the race if possible - of the drink spots2/ with a weather like we have on the 2018 race, a spot where runners could be shelter after the race have been nice (but I know that weather is unpredictable and it's not easy to plan an entire shelter spot for hundred and hundred runner !)
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4.7
Did the race in 2018
Really well organised and a fun race. I loved the course - a bit hilly but a good challenge!Bad: the bag check was completely exposed to the rain! Everything was soaked!
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4.3
Did the race in 2018
It was a fun day. Thanks for going through with it despite the inclement weather.A plastic tarp to put the bags on and cover them with temporarily during the downpour. Having said that, it was difficult to account for the extremely bad weather early on.Thanks,Mark
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5.0
Did the race in 2018
This race was very amazing and nice, even it was raining but organisation by nycruns was done very well. Thank You
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4.7
Did the race in 2018
This was my first time running in Central Park, as I was visiting a friend for the weekend. Picking up the bib and t-shirt on race day was really easy. The weather was a bit wet and cold, though and there wasn't much shelter in the park. As I had about an hour before the race start, I ended up in a Starbucks along with a few other runners. I don't know if there is any feasible way to have shelter, but that was one thing that was a little annoying. The post-race bagels were also pretty tough to eat, but that's a minor detail.On the race course, there were a number of people walking or running in the opposite direction. I'm not sure what to really do about that and it wasn't as big a deal once the race thinned out a bit.
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5.0
Did the race in 2018
Everything was perfect, starting from number pickup on race day, to baggage check, race organizers, course Marshalls, volunteers, everything.
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4.3
Did the race in 2018
This was my first half marathon so I dont have anything to compare it to, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! I felt the water stations were placed appropriately and the atmosphere was welcoming. The course itself was challenging but thats to be expected from Central Parks hills. Great race!
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5.0
Did the race in 2018
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