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Rules Of Competition

Participants are expected to obey the rules of competition at all time.

Timing & Course Measurement

NYCRUNS believes athletes deserve a professionally timed race and an accurately measured course.

NYCRUNS uses the Mylaps Bibtag system and your bib must be plainly visible on your chest or torso for it to read properly. If your bib is obstructed by clothing or on another part of your body, it will not work.

It is very important to be at the start of any given race on time and we recommend you arrive at the event itself, at least one hour beforehand. If you do not cross the starting line within 5 minutes of the scheduled start time, you run the risk of not receiving a chipped start time and only receiving a gun time.

NYCRUNS races are either USATF certified or accurately measured using the same technique.

  • All Marathons & Half Marathons*, and all races in Central Park & Prospect Park; are run on USATF certified courses.
  • All other races may or may not be certified, but they are always accurately measured. These courses may not be certifiable in some cases.

*Half Marathons held entirely in Flushing Meadows Park may not be certified. Due to continuing construction in the park, we may do a last minute measurement to provide the best possible course.

A Note On Your GPS Device: GPS devices are not sensitive enough to measure a course as accurately as the techniques referred to above and runners are not capable of running the shortest possible route perfectly.  There are many articles about this, but this classic from the race director of the Boston Marathon is our favorite.

Age Restrictions

Marathon: Must Be 18 on race day to register.
Half Marathon or 10 Miler: Must Be 15 on race day to register.
10K or 5 Miler: Must Be 12 on race day to register.
5K or 4 Miler: Must Be 6 on race day to register.

Refunds, Transfers and Deferrals

Once you have entered a race, your entry fees are non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and non-refundable, under any and all circumstances, including, but not limited to, cancellation of the event or of your participation, or change in the date, nature, or format of the event. An event may be cancelled or changed due to severe weather or other factors that threaten the safety of participants, staff, or volunteers. Cancellation or change of the date, nature, or format of an event may be mandated by governmental officials or otherwise be at the discretion of New York City Runs, Inc. (“NYCRUNS”).

For NYCRUNS owned and operated races, we offer a membership program, which entitles you to 2 any-reason deferrals per year. Please see our membership page for details. This does not apply to client races.

Awards & Prizes

After results of a given race have been finalized, winners or awards and prizes will be notified of eligibility. Awards will be personalized with the names of their winners and winners will be notified via email. If the address provided during registration and shipping address are the same, an award winner needs not do anything further.

If an award winner wishes their award be shipped elsewhere, they must follow the instructions contained in the notification email to submit a change of address form. NYCRUNS will ship awards internationally for a fee of $40. If an award winner from outside the US wishes to have an award shipped to an address within the US, they similarly must submit the change of address form. Any award winner submitting a change of address must do so within 2 weeks of the award notification email.

All attempts will be made to ship awards in a timely manner but please note NYCRUNS cannot guarantee a date of receipt nor can an award that is lost, stolen, or damaged during shipment be replaced.

Pricing & Availability

NYCRUNS reserves the right to change the price of any race at its sole discretion with or without notice. At any given time, NYCRUNS may offer the same race at different prices on different sites, run a special that affects the price of a race on one site  but not another, or offer a special rate to a certain group.

Should you find a better price within 24 hours of registering for a race – email us and we will issue you a race credit for the difference. Please note that race credit expires one year after being issued. This offer does not include the added fees a site like may charge.

Membership Discounts and Promotion Codes may not be combined.

All NYCRUNS races are capped.  Price and entry is subject to availability.

Active Duty & Retired Military

Active duty and retired military are eligible for a free membership to NYCRUNS. You must email annually with a copy of your valid Common Access Card or Veterans Identification Card. Dependents with a valid ID are also eligible for this benefit.