Many of the guests on our NYC running tours want to know about running races. The truth is that NYC running races are almost a daily event. There are races of every length, style, theme, competitiveness, and premium type. The major race organizers are New York Road Runners, NYCRUNS, Trimara and others. On occasion, Rock N Roll will organize a New York race and Tough Mudder is based in Brooklyn.
Main NYC Running Races
Date: 3 November 2024
Start Time: 8.00 AM E.T
The mother of all NYC running races is, of course, the TCS New York City Marathon. This “major” takes place on the first Sunday of November every year. It begins in Staten Island on the Verrazano Bridge, hits all five boroughs (Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx) before ending in iconic Central Park. In 2018 there were over 53k finishers and the average finish time was four hours and thirty-eight minutes. It can be difficult to get entry to run the race, as there is no open registration. A limited number of runners can qualify with either Full or Half Marathon times. Runners can also run with a charity, or enter a lottery. Many locals complete something called “9+1”, which means in the previous calendar year they run nine qualifying races and volunteer for an event.
Even if you don’t run the marathon, the expo is definitely worth going to to find great deals on run products and other race entries, as well as hear some great speakers from the running world and racing strategies and techniques. Also, pick a place along the route and do some cheering – First Avenue in Manhattan is notorious for being the loudest stretch of the race (which is great because it’s about miles 16-18). Even better, stick around the southeast corner of Central Park in the later hours and cheer for the slower runners who are most determined to finish.
18 May 2024 RBC Brooklyn Half
17 March 2024 United Airlines NYC Half
NYRR Queens 10K (TBC)
New Balance Bronx 10 Mile (TBC)
NYRR Staten Island Half (TBAC)
The NYRR Five-Borough Series showcases New York Road Runners’ commitment to the individuals and communities in each borough. Due to health and safety concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Visit our FAQ page for additional details.
The Empire State Building Run-Up (ESBRU)—the world’s first and most famous tower race—challenges runners from near and far to race up its famed 86 flights—1,576 stairs. While visitors can reach the building’s Observatory via elevator in under one minute, the fastest runners have covered the 86 floors by foot in about 10 minutes. Leaders in the sport of professional tower-running converge at the Empire State Building in what some consider the ultimate test of endurance. This super cool race is by invitation only.
Smaller and Club Races
Aside from the standard NYC running races, New York has some pretty spectacular novelty races;
Date: 7 January 2024
Start Time: 5K- 6:30am; Half – 9am
Check out the Frozen Penguin Half Marathon and 5K.
This race in central park is calling your name, Chilly Willy!
The run that the locals love – explore NYC like a native New Yorker with the Central Park Run – a guided route through the best in-the-know spots.
Date: 28 April 2024
Start Time: 7 am
This race brings you on an iconic route that starts in North Brooklyn, winding along the waterfront beneath the Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridges, offering breathtaking views of Manhattan. The route continues through Fulton Street and Flatbush Avenue, passes Grand Army Plaza, explores brownstone Brooklyn, and concludes in Prospect Park. Don’t miss this unforgettable experience!
Date: 26 October 2024
Start Time: Event – 7:30am; 10K – 9am
One of the spookiest and most fun races of the year. This takes place in Governors Island and will surely give you a scary good time.
Entry to the NYCRUNS Haunted Island 10K includes a ferry ride, your race-entry, a tech shirt, post-race eats, and Halloween vibes.
There is a huge selection of NYC running races, so hopefully, there is something that suits your taste. Otherwise, you could check out our New York City running tours, where we can tailor to your individual needs.
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