NYC Half Marathon is an annual road running race in the New York City, organized by the New York Road Runners club since 2006. It offers an ideal tune-up race for April’s prestigious marathons in London and Boston, and a lot of top U.S. distance runners enter the race to test their readiness. In its earlier years, the event was run on various dates in the summer; in 2010, it was moved to March. Runners’ scores in this race count towards the nine races New York Road Runners Club members are required to gather in order to earn guaranteed entry into the full New York City Marathon.
In 2014, the course was redesigned to move the finish line from its former Chambers Street location to Wall Street and Water Street. After a redesigned course last year nearly 20,000 runners enjoyed lovely racing at the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half. NYRR called on more than 2,200 volunteers to ensure a safe and successful race week.
Event TypeHalf Marathon
Men: 7:30 am
Women: 7:30 am
The entry fees is US $117 for NYRR Members and US $128 for Non-Members Domestic / International. To participate in NYC Half Marathon you can register in the official website. Registration will close at 11:59pm on Monday, February 16.
Course / Route Map
Start on East Drive in Central Park, just north of East 72nd Street, and head north. Continue north, and bear right at the Lenox Avenue exit from Central Park. Turn left at 110th Street/Central Park North. Run counter-clockwise around Central Park West Circle and return on 110th Street/Central Park North, then turn right at the Lenox Avenue entrance to Central Park. Bear right at East Drive and continue south on West Drive. Continue South on West Drive. Turn right at the Seventh Avenue exit from Central Park. Continue south on Seventh Avenue through Times Square.
Turn right at West 42nd Street, then right at the West Side Highway. Run north in the northbound lanes, make a U-turn at West 43rd Street, and run south in the southbound lanes. Continue south in the southbound lanes of the West Side Highway. Bear left at the Battery Park Underpass entrance. Run through the underpass and continue on FDR Drive North. Bear right at the South Street exit and then turn right at South Street. Turn left at Maiden Lane, and left at Water Street to finish at Wall Street.
Race Profile / Elevation Map
The course is hilly till mile 7.5 but then it is flat through Time Square and down the West Side Highway.
Time Limits & Cutoffs
- The time limit for the half marathon is 3 hours.
- Participant will have to maintain a 13:45-per-mile pace throughout the race.
Men: Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 59:24 (2007)
Women: Firehiwot Dado (ETH) 1:08:35 (2012)
Prize Money & Awards
- M/F 1st Place – $20,000
- M/F 2nd Place – 10,000
- M/F 3rd Place – 5,500
T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates
- All entrants will receive a technical T-shirt and all finishers will receive a medal at the finish line.
Water Stops & Refreshments
Expected Race Day Weather
Average high temperature is around 48°F and average low temperature is around 32°F.